News Release

May 13, 2013

Final Management Plans Adopted for Oregon Coast Wildlife Refuges

Media Contacts:
Contact: Roy Lowe, 541-867-4550, Roy_Lowe@fws.gov

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) adopted Final Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) for Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). These plans provide goals, objectives, and strategies for management of the three Refuges over the next 15 years.

The final CCPs emphasize expanded habitat management, restoration and monitoring along with increased public use opportunities. The CCPs were developed to provide reasonable, scientifically-grounded guidance for improving the refuges’ wetlands, grasslands, riparian and upland forests and other habitats for the long-term conservation of migratory birds, anadromous fish, and native plants and animals.

“These plans represent years of effort among the Service, state and other federal agencies, local communities and other stakeholders," Oregon Coast NWR Complex Project Leader Roy Lowe stated. "They build off of established partnerships working to conserve the exceptional natural resources along the Oregon coast."

Government agencies, conservation organizations, private citizens, local landowners and other stakeholders provided input for each CCP.  The Service evaluated written comments and public input on the draft plans in the fall of 2012 and revised the plans to include the new information received.

"The Service is committed to the conservation of wildlife and their habitat and these plans provide the best balance in sustaining or improving the biological integrity, diversity and environmental health of the refuges," Lowe said in a statement. "It also provides the best possible balance of expanding popular recreational opportunities while limiting impacts to wildlife and their habitat."
Copies of the CCPs are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon, Coquille, Newport, Lincoln City, Pacific City, and Tillamook. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550. The CCPs may be downloaded online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm.

For more information, contact the refuge office at 541-867-4550, write to Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; or e-mail Oregoncoast@fws.gov.