Nestucca Bay NWR receives transportation enhancement grant
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been awarded a federal Transportation Enhancement Act grant to construct a Visitor Overlook Project on Cannery Hill at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in south Tillamook County. At present, the Nestucca Bay Refuge is closed to the public and has no visitor facilities. The grant provides funds to the Service for the design and construction of facilities that will enable the Service to welcome visitors to a portion of the refuge.
The proposed project includes constructing two small parking lots and a paved, disabled-accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck, installing a single vault restroom at one of the parking lots, and paving the access road from Highway 101 up to the Overlook trail. The paved trail and viewing deck would be atop Cannery Hill and would afford visitors a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Haystack Rock at Pacific City), Nestucca Bay Refuge, the Coast Range, and the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, also known as U.S. Highway 101. Interpretive signs would be located in the parking lots and on the viewing deck and would showcase the fish and wildlife of the Nestucca Bay estuary, future tidal marsh restoration, wayfinding and orientation to the Nestucca Region, and how the refuge and the dairy community work together to provide habitat for wildlife. Public use would be restricted to the trail, viewing deck and parking lots only.
The Service is developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this proposed project. The EA and other supporting documents will describe and evaluate the effects of the proposed project and alternatives on fish and wildlife, refuge habitats, and the community. Gathering information for and conducting analyses associated with these documents has taken longer than expected. All of the documents will be made available for public review and comments in fall 2006. At this time, construction of this project is proposed for summer 2007.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:13 PM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR