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March 11, 2014
Integrated Marsh Management Proposed for Bandon Marsh NWR
Bandon, Ore. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to review and comment on the proposed Integrated Marsh Management approach at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The public review and comment period will begin on March 11, 2014 and end on April 9, 2014.
The actions proposed in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Tidal Marsh Restoration will reduce mosquito breeding pools by improving tidal flow on the Ni-les'tun Unit of the refuge. The Draft Environmental Assessment for Mosquito Control for Bandon Marsh Refuge proposes utilizing larvicides, when necessary, to reduce larval mosquito populations on the Ni-les'tun Unit.
"Using habitat modification to greatly reduce mosquito breeding habitat is the primary and long-term approach for managing mosquitoes at the refuge," said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. "The Service is also proposing a short-term strategy to control mosquitos that includes the application of larvicide, which prevents mosquito larvae from becoming flying adults and has minimal negative environmental effects."
In addition to reducing the amount of mosquito breeding area, the Integrated Marsh Management approach will improve the tidally driven hydrology of the Ni-les'tun Unit of the refuge, benefiting wildlife including migratory ducks and shorebirds and anadromous fish such as juvenile coho salmon. The plan calls for increasing the amount of tidal channels in the marsh, which will allow for better tidal flushing. Tidal flushing happens with high tide each day and refreshes the saltwater in the marsh. Mosquito larvae require stagnant pools to complete their development, so increased tidal flushing will prevent the mosquito larvae from becoming flying adults.
"The Service is committed to continuing to work with the Coos County Public Health Department, Coos County Commissioners, members of Congress, and experts in the field of mosquito control to develop and implement the Integrated Marsh Management approach for Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge," said Lowe.
The Service is inviting the public to attend an open house where you can ask questions and learn more about the Integrated Marsh Management approach. The open house will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at The Barn: Bandon’s Conference and Community Center, 1200 W. 11th St., SW, Bandon, Oregon, 97411. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and Coos County representatives will be available to answer questions anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 PM.
The draft EAs are available for download on the refuge website www.fws.gov/oregoncoast. Copies are also available in the reference sections of the public libraries in Bandon, Coquille, Coos Bay and North Bend. Printed copies can be obtained from the refuge by sending an email request to email@example.com or calling (541) 867-4550. Comments can be mailed, faxed or emailed by April 9, 2014 to: Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 S.E. Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5258; fax number (541) 867-4551; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please call the refuge office at 541-867-4550. The Service will evaluate and respond to the comments received in revised EAs and inform the public of our decision.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:36 AM
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February 26, 2014
Service works with County to develop mosquito mgmt. plan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Coos County to develop a marsh and mosquito management plan
Bandon, Ore. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working closely with the Coos County Public Health Department, Coos County Commissioners, members of Congress, and experts in the field of mosquito control to develop an Integrated Marsh Management approach for Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The approach will reduce mosquito breeding pools by improving tidal flow and utilizing larvicides, when necessary, on the Ni-les’tun Unit of the refuge.
“Reducing the amount of mosquitoes at Bandon Marsh Refuge and at the same time improving fish and wildlife habitat is a priority,” said Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex project leader Roy Lowe. “The Service is funding the cost of both the habitat work and mosquito control on refuge lands.”
In addition to reducing the amount of mosquito breeding areas, the Integrated Marsh Management approach will improve the tidally driven hydrology of the Ni-les’tun Unit of the refuge, benefiting wildlife including migratory ducks and shorebirds and anadromous fish such as juvenile coho salmon. The plan calls for increasing the amount of tidal channels in the marsh, which will allow for better tidal flushing. Tidal flushing happens with high tide each day and refreshes the saltwater in the marsh. Mosquito larvae require stagnant pools to complete their development, so increased tidal flushing will prevent the mosquito larvae from becoming flying adults.
Habitat modification is the primary long term plan for managing mosquitoes at the refuge and the emphasis of the Integrated Marsh Management approach. However, the use of pesticides for mosquito control on refuge lands will also be proposed because the habitat work cannot be completed in time to prevent the expected fly-offs of mosquitoes later this spring. Consequently, to manage mosquitoes in the short term the Service is proposing to use larvicides that have minimal negative environmental effects to kill mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages before they can become flying adults.
“Coos County Public Health will be working with the Service to plan for appropriate mosquito control at Bandon Marsh Refuge. The County will be conducting mosquito monitoring and control on refuge lands aimed at protecting human and wildlife health from threats associated with mosquitoes,” said Coos County Public Health Administrator Nikki Zogg.
The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the Integrated Marsh Management approach, which includes a Draft Mosquito Pesticide Environmental Assessment and the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Phase 4 Tidal Marsh Restoration for Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, before they are final. The draft documents will be available in the coming weeks. The Service invites the public to review and comment on the draft documents and encourages active participation. To be added to the mailing list to receive the documents call the refuge office at (541) 867-4550 or email email@example.com.
In 2011, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge completed the restoration of 420 acres of historic tidal marsh. This tidal marsh restoration is the largest ever in Oregon and is already substantially benefitting fish and wildlife. However, an unanticipated by-product of the restoration was the large population increase of the salt marsh mosquito (Aedes dorsalis). No other salt marsh restoration effort in Oregon has experienced this issue before.
For more information on mosquitoes on the refuge, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:31 AM
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August 30, 2013
Mosquito Treatment Plan moving forward on Bandon Marsh
Coos County and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mosquito Treatment Plan to Move Forward at Bandon Marsh
Contact: Megan Nagel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-231-6123 or Dr. Nikki Zogg, email@example.com, 541-751-2425
Bandon, Ore. – Coos County officials, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and mosquito control experts, have developed a proposed treatment plan for the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.
Coos County commissioners will consider the plan for approval next week.
The Service will provide the funding for the application of a larvacide, MetaLarv, which prevents larval mosquitos from growing into adults, and an adulticide, Dibrome, which targets flying, adult mosquitos, to refuge lands.
“The Coos County Commissioners would like to thank Senator Merkley, Senator Wyden, Representative DeFazio, the City of Bandon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bandon Dunes Golf Course, Jackson County Vector Control and all of our community partners for working together to develop a solution,” said Commissioner John Sweet. “Funding, with contributions from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is coming together and should not hold up the treatment for mosquitoes.”
In the spring of 2013, refuge manager David Ledig initiated a mosquito monitoring program, with Oregon State University entomologists, which identified an unusually high number of mosquitoes and their larvae on the refuge.
The unusually high number of mosquitoes prompted a health advisory from Coos County officials on August 24, 2013. Based on the Coos County public health action, and the science information gathered over the preceding months, Oregon Coast NWR Complex Project Leader Roy Lowe declared a healthemergency on Bandon Marsh NWR due to the excessive production of mosquitoes on the Ni-les’tun Unit that is affecting the health and safety of local residents and visitors in the vicinity of the refuge. This declaration opened the door for immediate treatment on refuge lands. Such monitoring and treatment would normally be accomplished by a Mosquito Abatement District, which Coos County does not have.
Prior to the 2009-2011 restoration of the tidal salt-marsh at the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh NWR, mosquitoes were not a known management issue. Within the restoration area of the refuge, there are some areas that continue to pool shallow water following higher monthly tides even as the tides recede. The monitoring study provided documentation of the mosquito presence in the shallow pools of the restored marsh area. Nearly 90% of the mosquitoes observed breeding on the refuge is the salt marsh mosquito (Aedes dorsalis).
In addition to the immediate short-term abatement plan for mosquitoes on the refuge, a long-term Integrated Marsh Management Plan will be expedited. The long-term plan will involve habitat manipulation to create small tidal channels to eliminate ponding in the restored marsh area. This will allow for natural tidal flushing and draining of the ponded areas which will increase tidal marsh productivity and eliminating mosquito breeding habitat. Refuge staff will continue to work with the community as they develop a long-term, habitat focused abatement plan for the refuge.
For the latest information visit www.fws.gov/http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html
For more information on Dibrome, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/naled_fs.htm
For more information on MetaLarv, please visit: http://www.valentbiosciences.com/products/metalarv
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:17 PM
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August 14, 2013
Bandon Marsh Refuge Potential Expansion Study Suspended
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that they have suspended a study of the potential for expanding the boundary of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2011, the Service began the study as part of a long-term land planning process. Although the Service maintains its interest in the study, the decision has been made to suspend the study due to limited funding and resources. Consequently, a draft land protection plan will not be released for public comment at this time. The Service will resume the land protection planning study in the future as additional resources become available. "The Service appreciates the support that was expressed from partners, local residents and landowners, but due to limited resources it is necessary to suspend the planning process at this time," said Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.
The Refuge was established to conserve the last tidal marsh within the Coquille River estuary and provide important habitat for migratory birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and songbirds, and to restore intertidal marsh habitat for anadromous fish such as Chinook and threatened coho salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. The Service is committed to tidal wetlands protection and restoration for fish, wildlife, and plants, to benefit the American public.
For more information call the refuge office at 541-867-4550; write to Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; or e-mail Oregoncoast@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:46 PM
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October 23, 2012
Goose and Waterfowl Hunting Open on Bandon Marsh
Goose and waterfowl hunting on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Coos County began with the regular goose season opening on September 29 and continues with the opening of waterfowl hunting on October 13. Bandon Marsh NWR is the only available public goose and waterfowl hunting lands within the Coquille River watershed and provides hunters the opportunity to harvest a variety of geese, dabbling ducks and coot. All state of Oregon waterfowl regulations apply to hunting on the refuge. Construction of permanent blinds is not permitted on the refuge, but 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. Hunters should review the 2012-2013 Oregon Game Bird Regulations www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl published by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife prior to going afield.
The portion of the Bandon Marsh NWR west of Highway 101 and outside of Bandon city limits is open for waterfowl hunting during all authorized waterfowl seasons, excluding the September Canada goose season. The southern 1/3 of this part of the refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon, where it is illegal to discharge firearms by Oregon state law. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs. Refuge lands east of U.S. Highway 101, known as the Ni-les'tun Unit, remain closed to hunting. Call South Coast Refuge Manager David Ledig at 541-347-1470 for more information, or visit www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/index.htm and follow the link to the Bandon hunting map.
On September 18, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans and Environmental Assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Bandon Marsh NWR which includes a proposal to expand waterfowl hunting to include the Ni-les'tun Unit. The Draft CCP/EA describes a vision for the Refuge and presents goals, objectives, and strategies for management over the next 15 years. The Draft CCP/EAs are available for review and comment until October 22, 2012. The Service invites the public to review the plan and encourages active participation. Copies of the plan are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon and Coquille. The full document may be accessed online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the main Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550. Comments can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed by October 22, 2012, and should be addressed to Roy Lowe, Project Leader, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; fax number (541)867-4551; or e-mail Oregoncoastccp@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:12 PM
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March 6, 2012
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the AFS
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the
Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and its valued tidal marsh restoration partners have been recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for the recently completed Ni-lesâ€™tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The restoration partners were presented Oregonâ€™s â€œ2012 Fishery Team of the Year Awardâ€� at the Awards Luncheon held during the 48th Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Eugene, Oregon on March 1, 2012.
The 418-acre tidal marsh restoration project was completed on Bandon Marsh NWR in the summer of 2011. It is the largest tidal marsh restoration project ever constructed in Oregon. In addition to the Service, restoration partners recognized at the luncheon included the Federal Highway Administration, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, and the Estuarine Technical Group of the Institute for Applied Ecology.
â€œThe Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is one of the most respected, progressive, and productive chapters in the countryâ€�, noted Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast NWR Complex. â€œIts membership is comprised of the top fisheries researchers and managers in the state from academia, federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, watershed councils, and the private sector and all of the team members are deeply honored to be recognized by this group of professionalsâ€�, said Lowe.
â€œEstuarine habitat is incredibly important for a wide array of species that includes not only Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, but coastal cutthroat trout, lamprey, and a variety of marine fish. This project has dramatically increased the ecological value of the Coquille River estuaryâ€�, said Demian Ebert, Oregon AFS Past President. â€œThe immediate success of the project was made possible only by a team of people working together for years to plan and implement the project. The Bandon Marsh Restoration Team exemplifies what the Fishery Team of the Year award is all about.â€�
The Coquille River Estuary has suffered the greatest percentage loss (94%) of tidal wetlands in the state of Oregon. The restoration project is benefiting a host of estuarine- dependent fish, particularly salmonids including coastal cutthroat trout, juvenile Chinook salmon and threatened coho salmon. Recent survey work by Service fisheries biologists documented juvenile coho salmon present throughout the five miles of the newly constructed sinuous tidal channels within the Bandon Marsh restoration area.
The Oregon AFS Fisheries Team of the Year Award recognizes outstanding collaborative team work to understand and manage fisheries resources, and acknowledges that these efforts frequently cross geographic, disciplinary and socioeconomic boundaries.
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