Newport Field Office opened in 1995 bringing our Ecological
Services staff to the coastal community. The
office is co-located with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Office near the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport,
work in all of Oregon's coastal counties: Columbia, Clatsop,
Tillamook, Lincoln, Lane, Douglas, Coos, and Curry Counties.
What We Do. Working in the local
community, we collaborate with federal, state, tribal, county, local agencies,
watershed councils, as well as private entities to address natural resource
issues. We provide technical and financial assistance for watershed
assessment, restoration, management, and Endangered Species Act consultation.
ESA Consultations. We conduct
ESA (Endangered Species Act) consultations for projects that may affect
Coastal Program. Through our Coastal
Program we work to restore fish and wildlife
habitat on federal, state, tribal, county and private lands.
Restoration projects primarily occur in seven Focus
Areas that span the
length of the Oregon coast line (map). Enhancement
of salmon habitat is a high priority.
Conservation Planning. We recently
approved a draft Habitat Conservation Plan developed
by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to protect and restore
habitat and boost the population of Western snowy plovers on
State Parks land. We also finalized a Safe Harbor
Agreement to help private property owners recover Oregon silverspot butterfly
habitat on their land.
Volunteers. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers provide invaluable support by conducting Black Oystercatcher surveys on the Oregon coast, and by assisting in captive rearing programs for Oregon silverspot butterflies at the Woodland Park Zoo and Oregon Zoo.