Nestucca Bay NWR to Construct Cannery Hill Overlook in 2008
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of the Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Addendum, for the "Environmental Assessment (EA) and Public Use Plan for Development of Public Use and Associated Facilities on Cannery Hill at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge"
. The Draft EA
, which was mailed out in early April 2007 for public review and comment, described and evaluated the effects of the proposed Cannery Hill Overlook Project on fish and wildlife, refuge habitats, and the community.
The Cannery Hill Overlook Project will include constructing two small parking lots and a paved, wheelchair -accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck, installing a single vault restroom at one of the parking lots, and resurfacing the access road from Highway 101 up to the Overlook trail. The paved trail and viewing deck atop Cannery Hill will 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.
All relevant comments received from the public regarding this proposed project were considered, and changes have been made to the proposed project. The FONSI and EA Addendum
represent the legal finding which concludes this project's NEPA process. These documents, as well as the Draft EA
, will be available on the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex website www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/
on June 1, 2007. Please contact Project Leader Roy Lowe with questions or for more information.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:30 AM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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Cape Meares re-paving project is complete
The parking lot paving project at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, Lighthouse and State Scenic Viewpoint is very nearly complete, and the popular site has reopened to the public. In addition to a newly paved surface, the renovated parking lot has 12 more vehicle parking spaces, three designated RV parking spaces, new curbing, and new pavement markings, and the sidewalks and trails surrounding the parking lot have also been repaved. The park opened up for public use on Tuesday morning May 1st, with only minor asphalt edge remediation and the thermoplastic work remaining to be completed. The remaining work should not take more than one day and can be done with visitors in the park. This project, which began in September 2006, was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Western Federal Lands Highway Division administered the contract.
Cape Meares Lighthouse and State Scenic Viewpoint is sandwiched between the two parcels of Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge protects rare old growth Sitka spruce and hemlock forest, and seabirds and peregrine falcons nest on the vertical seacliffs of this Refuge. The Park and Lighthouse are managed by Oregon State Parks, and the Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge welcome visitors and operate the gift shop. With nearly half a million visitors each year, the parking lot, viewing decks, and trails at this spectacular location have been in need of upgrades to accommodate the ever expanding visitation. Over the past few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided funding to construct two high-quality viewing decks and to design and install interpretive panels on the decks and trails. The viewing decks allow visitors a spectacular view of Three Arch Rocks and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuges out in the Pacific, as well as migrating gray whales, seabirds, and sea lions. The interpretive panels help visitors understand what they are seeing. The parking lot upgrade is the final component of the improvement project for this well loved Oregon coast gem.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:42 PM / Category: Cape Meares NWR
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