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March 23, 2015
Coquille Point South Stairway OPEN to Public
The stairway leading from the Coquille Point parking lot down to Bandon Beach has been reopened to the public after being closed since October 2014. The stairs were closed after concerns were raised about their structural stability due to geologic shifting and instability of the headland. The closure of this popular stairway, which is regularly used by local residents and visitors, was necessary to ensure visitor safety.
Following the closure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) awarded a contract to a structural engineering firm to inspect the stairway and provide a report outlining long term options for repair or replacement. The report, received yesterday, concluded that there was no evidence of imminent large-scale slope instability that would cause sudden failure of the stairway. However, it is anticipated that the slopes and staircase will continue to be subject to slow, long-term creep and shifting. Reopening of the stairs was determined to be safe at this time.
The Service is evaluating the long term options provided by the engineering firm and has made it a top priority to move forward with repairs or replacement.
The Coquille Point headland and the adjacent rocks and islands are part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitat for coastal and marine wildlife.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:07 AM
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February 12, 2015
Update on Mosquito Management for 2015 at Bandon Marsh
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Coos County Public Health will continue to implement their Mosquito Management Plan for salt marsh mosquitoes at the restored Ni’les-tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. Monitoring for mosquito larvae is planned to begin in April depending on weather conditions, before the date when larvae begin appearing. As was done last year, if larvae reach a predetermined threshold density they will be treated with the larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, by hand or backpack spreader. Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquito larvae but is non-toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, and birds when applied. It was used last year to prevent twelve separate salt marsh mosquito flyoffs.
Additionally, the Service will monitor the effectiveness of the 80,000 linear feet of new tidal channels that were dug in 2014 to drain about 80% of all the mosquito breeding pools inadvertently created during marsh restoration. Based on monitoring results, the Service will dig additional channels as needed to drain more mosquito breeding pools.
“The goal is to eliminate the vast majority of the pools that produce mosquitoes so future larvicide application will no longer be necessary,” said Acting Project Leader Rebecca Chuck.
Last year, monitoring for mosquito larvae and adults continued into October. The plan for 2015 is to again track active mosquitoes until the end of the breeding season. Mosquito eggs currently dormant in the marsh are expected to start hatching around mid-April.
“Because of the Bti treatments and breeding habitat reduction that occurred last year, we expect only a small fraction of last year’s numbers of mosquitoes to hatch this year,” said Chuck.
The Service has provided funding to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County issued a request for proposals from mosquito control companies to provide monitoring and treatment for mosquitoes on the Refuge. The deadline for proposal submission is 2/26/2015 at 2 pm. The County expects to award a contract in March. That contractor will work closely with Coos County Public Health and new Bandon Marsh Refuge Manager Eric Mruz to implement this year’s plan.
For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Coos County Public Health:
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:43 AM
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September 30, 2014
Service Expands Waterfowl Hunting at Bandon Marsh NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is expanding opportunities to hunt waterfowl on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). Waterfowl hunting has been offered on a portion of Bandon Marsh Refuge since it was established in 1983, but now the opportunity for the public to hunt waterfowl on the Refuge is being expanded to include an additional 286 acres on the Ni-les'tun Unit. "An expanded hunting program provides a quality wildlife-dependent opportunity and helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Bandon Marsh Refuge 15-year Management Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Lowe further stated that "Bandon Marsh Refuge is currently one of the only available public waterfowl hunting lands within the Coquille River watershed and provides hunters with an opportunity to harvest geese, ducks, and coots."
The portion of the Bandon Marsh Refuge west of Highway 101 (Bandon Marsh Unit) and outside of Bandon city limits will continue to be open for waterfowl hunting seven days a week during all authorized waterfowl seasons. Hunters will access lands west of Highway 101 by using the Refuge’s paved public parking lot located on the west side of Riverside Drive. They may also access the area by boat during higher tides from the Coquille River. Hunters should be aware that the southern 1/3 of this part of the Refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs.
The latest expansion of the waterfowl hunting program occurs on refuge lands located east of U.S. Highway 101 known as the Ni-les'tun Unit. Waterfowl hunting will be allowed on 286 acres of restored tidal marsh. Hunters will be able to access the area by foot from the refuge’s parking lot along North Bank Lane and by boat from the Coquille River east of the mouth of Fahys Creek. In accordance with state waterfowl seasons, goose, duck and coot hunting in the Ni-les’tun Unit will open on October 11, 2014 and will be permitted on the unit three days per week: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Goose hunting on the Bandon Marsh Unit will open October 4, and duck and coot hunting on October 11, 2014. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Hunters can access the unit two hours before sunrise and remain up to one hour after sunset.
State hunting license requirements apply for all waterfowl hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for waterfowl hunting can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl
. For more information or a map of the areas open to hunting, visit the Bandon Marsh Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/index.htm
) or call the Refuge at 541-867-4550.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:14 AM
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July 8, 2014
Construction to reduce mosquito habitat moving forward
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
July 7, 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ducks Unlimited: Devin Blankenship, 916-890-3607, email@example.com
Construction to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Habitat Moving Forward at Bandon Marsh
Bandon, Ore. – Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin work to add tidal channels to drain mosquito breeding habitat at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on July 15. This work is part of Service’s Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control treatments.
Ducks Unlimited awarded a contract to Magnus Pacific to construct 46,000 linear feet of new tidal channels on the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge beginning this month. Small channels up to two feet wide by two feet deep will drain breeding pools that salt marsh mosquitoes require to breed. This will also improve tidal flow within the marsh. Excavation equipment to be used will be specialized to allow operation on soft marsh surfaces without causing significant damage or creating new depressions.
"Improving tidal flow throughout the restored tidal marsh in the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge will greatly reduce mosquito breeding habitat while improving fish and wildlife habitat," said Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.
Ducks Unlimited has been working closely with Refuge staff to design and engineer the new channel system, with funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to work with Coos County Public Health to monitor and control mosquitoes on Bandon Marsh using the larvicide Bti until permanent habitat modifications are completed and are properly functioning.
More information on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach can be found on the refuge’s mosquito web page www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:45 AM
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June 13, 2014
Coos County to apply larvicide at Bandon Marsh Refuge by air
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June 13, 2014
Contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Coos County Public Health: Rick Hallmark, email@example.com
Coos County plans to use airplane to treat Bandon Marsh Refuge with mosquito larvicide
Bandon, Ore. – This weekend, part of the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis
, or Bti
, for the fourth time this season. The Bti
is scheduled to be applied by an airplane. Neighbors should expect to see a very low-flying plane over the Ni-les'tun marsh this weekend. The aerial application of mosquito larvicide will not affect the nearby Coquille River or areas around the Ni-les'tun Unit.
The flight is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, weather permitting. Sunday, June 15, will be the fallback day if the flight needs to be rescheduled.
"Using a fixed wing aircraft, granular Bti
will be applied from very low altitude reducing all drift. The application will take approximately three hours to complete," said Dan Markowski of Vector Disease Control International, the Coos County Public Health contractor that conducts the larvicide applications.
Some areas of the marsh will also be treated by hand with backpack spreaders.
A large portion of the marsh was flooded by the current high tide series and will need to be treated with the mosquito larvicide Bti
. The mosquito larvae are only susceptible to Bti
for a few days after they hatch, and must be treated during that time. Using the airplane to apply the mosquito larvicide is the most efficient way to treat such a large area, over 170 acres, of the marsh.
is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti
targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.
All tidal marsh areas in the refuge where mosquito larvae exceed set threshold levels will be treated as necessary throughout the summer. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti
treatment is necessary.
Funding provided by the Service was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti
Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel construction to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin this July.
For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html
Coos County Public Health: www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The mission of Coos County Public Health is to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:50 PM
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May 21, 2014
Coos County treats Bandon Marsh with mosquito larvicide
Bandon, Ore. – The Ni-les’tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, from May 17-20, 2014. The granular formulation of Bti was applied by hand and backpack spreaders. All tidal marsh areas where mosquito larvae exceeded set threshold levels were treated. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti treatment is necessary.
“Coos County and the Service are continuing to work cooperatively on mosquito monitoring and treatment. Bti will be applied as needed based on the presence of larvae in the Ni-les’tun Unit.” said acting refuge manager Madeleine Vander-Heyden.
Funding, provided by the Service, was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti as needed. Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.
The Service purchased 16 mosquito traps for loan to Coos County. Four were delivered to the City of Bandon on May 19 and the other 12 will be arriving by the end of the month. The city and the Coos County Vector Control Advisory Committee are expected to determine trap placement. Additionally, the Service will provide a grant of three thousand dollars to a local nonprofit who will work with the Coos County Vector Control Committee to build and deploy bat boxes around the community.
Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel creation to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014.
For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge:
Coos County Public Health: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
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