USFWS to Hold Refuge Planning Meetings in November
The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex has initiated a planning process called "Comprehensive Conservation Planning" to review the wildlife, habitat and public use activities on Cape Meares, Oregon Islands, and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). Five public Open House meetings will be held in communities along the Oregon coast in November 2006 to explain this process and to seek input from the public, interested government agencies, elected officials, Tribes, and conservation organizations regarding their interests, concerns, and viewpoints about important management issues on these refuges.
A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is a 15-year plan that guides a NWR's management decisions, and identifies long-range refuge goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving the purposes for which the refuge was established. During the CCP planning process, many elements will be considered, including wildlife and habitat protection and management, and public use opportunities. More information about the CCP process is available at www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/#plan.
Please share your ideas by attending one of the upcoming public open house meetings or by submitting written comments to the refuge. The public open house meetings will be held Wednesday, November 1 at the Newport High School Boone Center Room; Thursday, November 2 at the Oceanside Community center; Wednesday, November 8 at Cannon Beach Elementary School; Tuesday, November 14 at the Brookings High School cafeteria; and Wednesday, November 15 at Bandon High School. All Open House meetings will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For more information please call the refuge's Newport office at 541-867-4550, or go to www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:28 PM / Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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Oregon Coast Birding Trail website Launched!
Happy Autumn, I hope all of you are enjoying the fall migration. From our perspective the summer was extremely busy as the steering committee for the Oregon Coast Birding Trail continued fundraising, and worked diligently writing, editing, and finalizing the trail. I encourage you to read through this update and direct any questions about the Oregon Coast Birding Trail to Dawn Grafe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecah Morris at Rmorris@VisitTheOregonCoast.com.
We are more than pleased to announce the website for the trail is now online. Visit it at www.OregonCoastBirding.com
and pass along the URL for the site to all of your birding friends. As many of you will recall, the original plan called for publishing the guide first followed by development of a website. However, with the popularity of the internet, ease of accessibility, and low cost the steering committee decided to first publish the website. This also allows us to correct any mistakes before the full color glossy brochure is printed in November 2006 and then sent out for distribution. The site is a series of PDF files which are easy to download in sections. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files (www.adobe.com
). Comments on the content of the website are welcome and encouraged, but do keep in mind that the site is still a work in progress and changes will be made regularly to improve the site and include additional information. One of the sections we will be working on is hot linking the sponsor page and adding sponsor logos. We would also encourage you add a link from your web site to the www.OregonCoastBirding.com
web site. We hope you will agree that In House Graphics in Salem, Oregon did an outstanding job on the layout and design.
SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING
Thank you to all of the sponsors and advertisers that came on board to support nature based tourism on the Oregon coast. This project could NOT have happened without them. Financial support for the guide came from local communities along the Oregon coast and was a very important part of development of the trail. The guide itself encourages visiting birders to patronize the businesses and visitor centers that sponsored sites or advertised in the trail guide as these groups are working together to make tourism sustainable along the entire Oregon coast.
We think you will agree that the guide is an attractive publication in addition to a practical one. This is due in large part to the myriad of beautiful images that brighten the pages. All images in the guide were donated by wildlife photographers from Oregon. The steering committee for the trail would like to express our thanks to the generosity of each and every one of these photographers many of whom make their living from photography or enjoy it as a hobby. As you scan the guide, you will notice images showing common birds as well as uncommon ones. We hope the guide piques the interest of birders from around the world and images often do the best job of speaking to the experience a birder will have on the coast.
After the guide is published later in the year, the steering committee will initiate a marketing plan to reach birders throughout Oregon, the United States and beyond. The Oregon Coast Visitors Association and Travel Oregon will team up to advertise the Oregon Coast Birding Trail in leading Bird oriented publications. In addition, we will be working on getting the trail advertised on birding websites including the American Birding Association, National Audubon Society, Travel Oregon and more.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:20 PM / Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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