News Release

March 22, 2013

Stair Maintenance Planned for Coquille Point

Media Contacts:
David Ledig, (541) 347-1470, David_Ledig@fws.gov

The stairs leading down from the Coquille Point parking lot to Bandon Beach
will be closed for maintenance during the first week in April.  The U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service will replace the concrete steps from April 1
through April 5.  During stair step replacement the south stairs and the
parking lot at Coquille Point at 11th Street in Bandon will be closed daily
from 8 AM to 5 PM to accommodate heavy equipment and large vehicles.

“The stairs at Coquille Point are being replaced because the marine
environment has taken a toll on them.  We want to ensure the stairs are
replaced before they degrade any further and cause safety issues.” said
Refuge Manager David Ledig. Another set of stairs north of the Coquille
Point parking lot can be accessed from 8th Street for those wanting to
reach the beach during stair maintenance.

The Coquille Point headland and the adjacent rocks and islands are part of
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitat for coastal
and marine wildlife. The point overlooks a series of wilderness islands of
every shape and size.  The stairs at Coquille Point provide visitors with
access to Bandon Beach where they can connect with nature, explore the
beach, get distant views of loafing Harbor Seals, search for rocky
intertidal creatures and watch thousands of seabirds when they nest during
the summer.  These islands are closed to public entry year-round to protect
the seabirds and seals using the islands, as they are extremely sensitive
to human disturbance.