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 in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR