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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 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
June 2, 2011
Rogue Ales releases Restoration Redd
The final phase of construction of the tidal marsh restoration project on the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge has begun. What started as a concept in the late 1990’s and transitioned to action with initiation of land acquisition in January 2000 will finally be completed this September. Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon joined our team to help us celebrate this accomplishment, which was made possible by the great partnerships we have enjoyed over the past decade.

In mid-June, Rogue will release “Restoration Redd Ale� dedicated to the Bandon Marsh Restoration Project. Restoration Redd will be Rogue’s popular amber ale in 22 oz. bottles with painted labels depicting juvenile coho salmon (label attached). A portion of the proceeds will be donated in support of the Oregon Coast NWR Complex’s environmental education programs.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:22 AM
August 17, 2010
USFWS Delays Tidal Marsh Restoration project on Bandon Marsh
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the completion of the Ni-les’tun tidal marsh restoration project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will be delayed until the summer of 2011. Originally scheduled for completion in September 2010, the project is being delayed a year due to complications in completing the undergrounding of the Coos-Curry Electrical Cooperative transmission line under the Coquille River. “This large restoration project involves three simultaneous major construction projects and thus relies on precision and timely work that is choreographed among three different contractors,� said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The delay in completing the undergrounding of the transmission line has postponed the initiation of the removal of the outer dikes, which must be completed by mid-September during the last low-high tides of the year. “Although we are extremely disappointed that we are not able to complete the restoration this year, it was the right decision to make�, said Lowe. The underground electrical system needs to be installed, tested and secured prior to removal of the existing above ground system and restoration of tidal flows over the refuge, and given the existing delays to date, final testing would not have been possible in the time remaining.

In the meantime, work continues on the North Bank Lane road improvements and interior tidal marsh construction activities. By the end of September the majority of the restoration construction inside the outer dikes will also be completed. Completion of the road improvements has always been planned for the summer of 2011 and now the restoration project will join that schedule.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:14 PM
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