November 12, 2013
Wreath making workshop at Nestucca Bay NWR
Contact: Lee Sliman, 503-812-6392
As winter and the holidays approach, Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge invites you to join the refuge’s holiday wreath making workshop. Come join refuge volunteers and learn how to combine native conifers and shrubs into a beautiful wreath that is yours to keep. Wreaths are beautiful, easy to make, and are a fun activity for the whole family.
"We had a great time at last year’s wreath-making workshops and the wreaths created were beautiful and unique. We ‘re excited to host the workshops again this year and because of their popularity last year we’ve added a 3rd workshop to our calendar," said Volunteer in Residence Lee Sliman. As an experienced wreath maker, Sliman leads the workshops.
Three workshops will be held in early December:
-December 1st 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Workshop is free
-December 7th 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Workshop is free
-December 8th 12:00 PM – 2:30PM
Connie Hansen Garden, 1931 NW 33rd St, Lincoln City
Workshops held at beautiful Nestucca Bay NWR will also include a short interpretive walk to learn about the materials used in wreath making and are free of charge. For workshops held at the Connie Hansen Garden, a $5 donation to the Garden is requested.
All materials are provided, including fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons; you may also bring special decorating items to personalize your wreath. If you have a pair of pruning shears or gardening gloves, we encourage you to bring them. Workshop attendees should wear warm, comfortable clothing. The option to donate wreaths to Samaritan House Family Shelter will be available.
Pre-registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Register by contacting refuge volunteer Lee Sliman at (503) 812-6392.
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. Workshop attendees will meet here.
The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy is located off of Highway 101 in Lincoln City. To visit the Garden, turn west onto 33rd street, proceed 0.1 miles and the Garden will be on the right.
To obtain the current schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar/index.cfm, as changes can occur. For more information please contact Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:36 AM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
September 12, 2013
Nestucca NWR closed on September 13th
Nestucca Bay NWR will be closed to the public on Friday September 13th to allow safe ignition and management of a prescribed burn on the Cannery Hill Unit of the refuge. The burn is being conducted to assist in preparing a seed bed for native coastal prairie restoration. Christensen Road will be closed at the intersection with Highway 101. The refuge will reopen to the public by Saturday September 14.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:06 PM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
September 6, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Iconic Headland
Partnership Permanently Protects Iconic Oregon Coast Headland for People & Nature
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., to conserve the 102.53-acre Jesuit property located on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay. Ownership of the property has been transferred to the Service from the Jesuits.
The property will be protected as a part of the 1,202-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and combined with the 90-acre Harder property acquired in May 2013, now fully protects the entire Cannery Hill North Peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation.
“I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe.
The property, located at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca rivers contains upland forest, shoreline, and tideland habitats at the northern tip of Cannery Hill. Wildlife using this area includes migratory songbirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bobcat, black-tailed deer, and many other species. Shoreline and tideland habitats are used by a variety of estuarine fish including coho and Chinook salmon.
“The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to be part of the effort to conserve such an iconic part of Tillamook County for people to enjoy for years to come. This headland is a treasure,” said Russ Hoeflich, Oregon state director for The Nature Conservancy.
Funding for the permanent protection of this site was made possible by a National Scenic Byways grant to The Nature Conservancy through the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation. National Scenic Byways grants are based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Funding for the adjoining Harder Property came from this same grant as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fifty year old program that uses revenues from offshore oil and gas development to conserve parks, open spaces and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
“My wife and I were very excited to learn that a beautiful piece of the Oregon coast is now going to be preserved for improved wildlife protection and public enjoyment” said local resident Pete Owston. “We think it’s great for wildlife conservation that the entire peninsula that juts into the mouth of Nestucca Bay from the south will now be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
In addition to providing future hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities for the public, the inclusion of this forested headland within the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge will protect the dramatic view from U.S. Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, as well as the view at the south entrance to the community of Pacific City.
“It was important that we all work together to help preserve such an important piece of the coast for future Oregonians to enjoy,” said Pat Moran, ODOT Scenic Byways Program Manager. “The Jesuit Novitiate’s property will now be protected from development, ensuring that the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway’s scenic quality will be preserved for generations to come.”
The Nestucca property was owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years.
“The sale of the Nestucca Sanctuary is the culmination of several years of hard work,” said the Very Reverend Patrick J. Lee, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. “The Nestucca Sanctuary is beautiful and will be a wonderful place for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the peninsula. Its value will live on in the Province through the financial support the sale provides to the Formation of future generations of Jesuits.”
Importantly, Realty Marketing Northwest brokered the deal between the Jesuits, TNC, and the Service.
“The Nestucca Sanctuary, owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years, generated a lot of interest from the auction-marketing program. The sale, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be good news to many of these parties who were interested in the preservation of the 103-acre Headland Peninsula. It is clearly one of the most spectacular Oregon coastal properties we have sold,” said John Rosenthal, president of Realty Marketing/Northwest.
The inclusion of this property into the Refuge will provide increased opportunities for the public to enjoy both the views and wildlife along the Oregon Coast.
“The Council and the Service have a history of working together on restoration and education projects that benefit people and wildlife at the Refuge. Acquisition of these forested lands will result in additional recreational and educational opportunities for the public to fully appreciate the Nestucca watershed and its benefits to fish, wildlife and people,” said Alex Sifford, Coordinator for the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council.
For more information on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:54 AM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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, email@example.com, 503-231-6123 or Dr. Nikki Zogg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
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 in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
May 13, 2013
Final Management Plans Adopted for Coastal Wildlife Refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) adopted Final Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) for Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). These plans provide goals, objectives, and strategies for management of the three Refuges over the next 15 years.
The final CCPs emphasize expanded habitat management, restoration and monitoring along with increased public use opportunities. The CCPs were developed to provide reasonable, scientifically-grounded guidance for improving the refuges' wetlands, grasslands, riparian and upland forests and other habitats for the long-term conservation of migratory birds, anadromous fish, and native plants and animals.
"These plans represent years of effort among the Service, state and other federal agencies, local communities and other stakeholders," Oregon Coast NWR Complex Project Leader Roy Lowe stated. "They build off of established partnerships working to conserve the exceptional natural resources along the Oregon coast."
Government agencies, conservation organizations, private citizens, local landowners and other stakeholders provided input for each CCP. The Service evaluated written comments and public input on the draft plans in the fall of 2012 and revised the plans to include the new information received.
"The Service is committed to the conservation of wildlife and their habitat and these plans provide the best balance in sustaining or improving the biological integrity, diversity and environmental health of the refuges," Lowe said in a statement. "It also provides the best possible balance of expanding popular recreational opportunities while limiting impacts to wildlife and their habitat."
Copies of the CCPs are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon, Coquille, Newport, Lincoln City, Pacific City, and Tillamook. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550. The CCPs may be downloaded online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm
For more information, contact 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.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oregoncoast, watch our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:56 AM in Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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