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August 8, 2014
Coquille Point South Stair to Temporarily Re-open August 8
Coquille Point South Stairway to Re-open Temporarily Following Structural Engineering Report

Bandon, Ore. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-opened the south staircase at Coquille Point today following the advice of a structural engineering firm. The stairway was closed July 23 after an inspection revealed that the stairs had suffered further structural problems as a result of geologic shifting on the point. During the two week closure, the path and second set of stairs on the north end of Coquille Point at the end of 8th street remained open, allowing Coquille Point visitors to access the beach. A thorough inspection on July 31 by a structural engineering firm hired by the USFWS has determined that the staircase can be re-opened for the remainder of the summer unless significant movement is detected.

Visible, weatherproof movement indicators will be installed across all joints on the stairs and monitored for movement on a weekly basis and after any measurable rain event. Movement of any joints more than 1/4" will require permanent closure of the stairs. The stairs must also be closed prior to any "significant" forecasted rain event. On November 1st, the stairs will be closed indefinitely until a more detailed structural and geotechnical investigation is conducted and a long term maintenance or replacement plan is developed.

“The safety of refuge visitors and employees continues to be our top priority,” said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex which manages Coquille Point. “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this closure has created for visitors to Coquille Point. I can assure visitors that we will seek expertise and funding to either repair or replace the stairs so we can continue to give visitors easy access to the beach.”

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:28 AM in Category: Oregon Islands NWR
July 23, 2014
Coquille Point stairway requires immediate closure
Bandon, Ore. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the south staircase at Coquille Point due to public safety concerns, effective immediately. After inspection and consultation with engineers, the Service has concluded the stairs have suffered structural problems as a result of geologic shifting on the point. A path and second set of stairs on the north end of Coquille Point at the end of 8th street will remain open, allowing Coquille Point visitors to access the beach.

“The safety of refuge visitors and employees is our top priority. Consequently, a determination from engineers that the stairs have additional structural concerns requires us to close them to ensure the continued safety of everyone visiting Coquille Point” said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex which manages Coquille Point.

The USFWS is obtaining the services of a structural engineering firm to inspect the staircase within the next week and provide the USFWS with an evaluation on whether a temporary fix is possible in order to retain safe use of the stairs through the end of October. The USFWS will also begin evaluating options for a long term fix through repairs or replacement.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will create for visitors to Coquille Point,” said Roy Lowe. “I can assure visitors that we will seek expertise and funding to either repair or replace the stairs and once again give visitors an easy way to access the beach.”

These stairs have provided visitors with access to Bandon Beach and rocky intertidal areas at the base of Elephant Rock since their construction in 1998. Coquille Point is managed as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is a spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals. The point overlooks a series of coastal rocks of every shape and size that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Gull and Brandt's Cormorant as well as Harbor seal and rocky intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail winds over the headland and features new interpretive panels that share stories about the area's wildlife.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 5:38 PM in Category: Oregon Islands NWR
July 8, 2014
Construction to reduce mosquito habitat moving forward
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

July 7, 2014

Contacts:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, megan_nagel@fws.gov
Ducks Unlimited: Devin Blankenship, 916-890-3607, dblankenship@ducks.org

Construction to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Habitat Moving Forward at Bandon Marsh

Bandon, Ore. – Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin work to add tidal channels to drain mosquito breeding habitat at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on July 15. This work is part of Service’s Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control treatments.

Ducks Unlimited awarded a contract to Magnus Pacific to construct 46,000 linear feet of new tidal channels on the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge beginning this month. Small channels up to two feet wide by two feet deep will drain breeding pools that salt marsh mosquitoes require to breed. This will also improve tidal flow within the marsh. Excavation equipment to be used will be specialized to allow operation on soft marsh surfaces without causing significant damage or creating new depressions.

"Improving tidal flow throughout the restored tidal marsh in the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge will greatly reduce mosquito breeding habitat while improving fish and wildlife habitat," said Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.

Ducks Unlimited has been working closely with Refuge staff to design and engineer the new channel system, with funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to work with Coos County Public Health to monitor and control mosquitoes on Bandon Marsh using the larvicide Bti until permanent habitat modifications are completed and are properly functioning.

More information on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach can be found on the refuge’s mosquito web page www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:45 AM in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
June 13, 2014
Coos County to apply larvicide at Bandon Marsh Refuge by air
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
June 13, 2014
Contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, megan_nagel@fws.gov or Coos County Public Health: Rick Hallmark, rhallmark@co.coos.or.us, 541-751-2431

Coos County plans to use airplane to treat Bandon Marsh Refuge with mosquito larvicide

Bandon, Ore. – This weekend, part of the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, for the fourth time this season. The Bti is scheduled to be applied by an airplane. Neighbors should expect to see a very low-flying plane over the Ni-les'tun marsh this weekend. The aerial application of mosquito larvicide will not affect the nearby Coquille River or areas around the Ni-les'tun Unit.

The flight is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, weather permitting. Sunday, June 15, will be the fallback day if the flight needs to be rescheduled.

"Using a fixed wing aircraft, granular Bti will be applied from very low altitude reducing all drift. The application will take approximately three hours to complete," said Dan Markowski of Vector Disease Control International, the Coos County Public Health contractor that conducts the larvicide applications.

Some areas of the marsh will also be treated by hand with backpack spreaders.

A large portion of the marsh was flooded by the current high tide series and will need to be treated with the mosquito larvicide Bti. The mosquito larvae are only susceptible to Bti for a few days after they hatch, and must be treated during that time. Using the airplane to apply the mosquito larvicide is the most efficient way to treat such a large area, over 170 acres, of the marsh.

Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.

All tidal marsh areas in the refuge where mosquito larvae exceed set threshold levels will be treated as necessary throughout the summer. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti treatment is necessary.

Funding provided by the Service was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti as needed.

Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel construction to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin this July.

For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.

Coos County Public Health: www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The mission of Coos County Public Health is to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:50 PM in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
May 21, 2014
Coos County treats Bandon Marsh with mosquito larvicide
Bandon, Ore. – The Ni-les’tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, from May 17-20, 2014. The granular formulation of Bti was applied by hand and backpack spreaders. All tidal marsh areas where mosquito larvae exceeded set threshold levels were treated. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti treatment is necessary.

“Coos County and the Service are continuing to work cooperatively on mosquito monitoring and treatment. Bti will be applied as needed based on the presence of larvae in the Ni-les’tun Unit.” said acting refuge manager Madeleine Vander-Heyden.

Funding, provided by the Service, was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti as needed. Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.

The Service purchased 16 mosquito traps for loan to Coos County. Four were delivered to the City of Bandon on May 19 and the other 12 will be arriving by the end of the month. The city and the Coos County Vector Control Advisory Committee are expected to determine trap placement. Additionally, the Service will provide a grant of three thousand dollars to a local nonprofit who will work with the Coos County Vector Control Committee to build and deploy bat boxes around the community.

Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel creation to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014.

For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge:
www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Coos County Public Health: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:16 PM in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
May 20, 2014
Paddle Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge with a series of twelve guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2014. During these trips visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. If you don't have one available, they can be rented from the Siletz Moorage or other venues in the Lincoln City area. During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay often has unpredictable winds and waves. For this reason we do not recommend this paddle trip for beginners, experience is strongly recommended. For your safety please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFD’s to use during the trip if needed. Trips are limited in size, and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis; therefore, you must call or e-mail ahead to make a reservation. Please include the amount of boats in your party when making the reservation. Once you are registered, we will send out additional information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Visit our website for updates and space availability www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar.
Paddle trips will take place on the following dates:



Saturday, June 7th : 8:00-10:00 AM
Sunday, June 8th : 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuesday, June 17th : 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18th : 5:45-7:45 PM
Friday, June 20th : 7:00-9:00 AM
Thursday, July 3rd : 5:30-7:30 PM
Monday, July 7th : 8:45-10:45 AM
Friday, July 18th : 6:00-8:00 PM
Monday, August 4th : 7:00-9:00 AM
Tuesday, August 5th : 8:00-10:00 AM
Wednesday, August 6th : 9:30-11:30 AM
Saturday, August 16th : 5:30-7:30 PM



Siletz Bay is one of the estuaries located along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked for pasture. Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, and occasionally Bald Eagle can be seen roosting at the top of these snags. A variety of estuarine dependent birds including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and some species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters. The refuge also provides nursery grounds for Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive paddle tour of Siletz Bay Refuge!

To make a reservation contact Meagan Campbell at 541-270-0610 or Meagan_Campbell@fws.gov.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:14 AM in Category: Siletz Bay NWR
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