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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,, 503-231-6123 or Dr. Nikki Zogg,, 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.

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Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:17 PM
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
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:46 PM
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 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 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 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
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:12 PM
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-les’tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The restoration partners were presented Oregon’s “2012 Fishery Team of the Year Award� 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.

“The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is one of the most respected, progressive, and productive chapters in the country�, noted Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast NWR Complex. “Its 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 professionals�, said Lowe.

“Estuarine 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 estuary�, said Demian Ebert, Oregon AFS Past President. “The 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.�
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.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:42 PM
September 21, 2011
Dedication Ceremony for Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) will host a dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the restoration of the Ni-les’tun Tidal Marsh. This free event is open to the public and will occur rain or shine. The one-hour ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include an invocation and ceremonial dance by members of the Coquille Indian Tribe; presentations by Congressman Peter DeFazio, the U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District; Rowan Gould, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others.

Due to the large number of expected visitors, parking will not be available at the refuge. A shuttle will transport visitors from Bullards Beach State Park to the refuge. Bullards Beach State Park is located approximately three miles north of the city of Bandon on the west side of Highway 101. From Highway 101, turn west into Bullards Beach State Park, then follow Bandon Marsh Event signs to the Beach Parking Lot located 1.3 miles from the park entrance. Visitors should arrive at the parking lot no later than 2:30 p.m. to catch the shuttle and be on time for the dedication ceremony.

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1983 to protect the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. The Ni-les’tun Unit of the marsh was established in 2000 to acquire, protect, and restore intertidal marsh, freshwater marsh and riparian areas that are habitat for migratory birds and anadromous fish including salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. This land was once a thriving tidal wetland, but as has occurred at most estuaries around the country, early settlers looked upon this habitat as fertile farmland if diked and drained, suitable for grazing livestock. Restoration of the tidal marsh allows the unimpeded return of daily tides to the lands for the first time in nearly a century.

“This is the most important restoration project in Oregon that Ducks Unlimited has been a partner to and we are already thrilled with the results,� said Tom Dwyer, DU’s Conservation Director, Pacific Northwest Office. “Flocks of dabbling ducks, Canada geese and shorebirds began foraging and roosting almost as soon as we let the seawater in, and knowing trout and salmon are returning to what was once an incredibly fertile fishing ground is even more reason to celebrate.�

“After more than 10 years of land acquisition, planning, design and construction by a host of partners, the largest restoration of a tidal marsh, 418 acres, in Oregon is now complete,� said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader, of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “Time and the tides will slowly and surely change the land form and vegetation to a fully functioning tidal estuary.�

As part of the celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Lowe added, “the USFWS and DU invite you to join us by going outside to enjoy the day at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.�

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:43 PM
June 7, 2011
New Salamander Species for Bandon Marsh Found
During our ongoing inventory of reptiles and amphibians at Bandon Marsh NWR being conducted by Ben Wishnek, our wildlife intern, we discovered a new species for the Refuge! It is the Del Norte Salamander (Plethodon elongatus), the largest of several species of lungless salamanders that might be found here. We found it along a small stream in a patch of forest. Although the Refuge is just within the northern range of the species, it had never previously been documented here. It generally occurs in mature forest with rocks and ample woody debris, and, true to its Latin name, it has a particularly long tail and body compared to its close relatives.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:59 PM
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