National Wildlife Refuge System

Stunning Coastal Landscape Protected at Nestucca Bay, OR

This peninsula is becoming part of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, OR, and will one day be open to the public.
Credit: USFWS

“I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy Lowe, project leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Lowe is referring to the newly negotiated conservation of 103 acres on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay in Oregon.

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced agreement with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, OR, to transfer the property to the Service. The property will be protected as a part of the 1,202-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and, combined with the 90-acre Harder property acquired in May 2013, now fully protects the entire Cannery Hill North Peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation. 

Wildlife using this area includes migratory songbirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bobcat, black-tailed deer, and many other species. Shoreline and tideland habitats are used by a variety of estuarine fish including coho and Chinook salmon.

 “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe. The Nature Conservancy has been working with the Service on this project since 2008. Funding was made possible by a National Scenic Byways grant to The Nature Conservancy through the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation. National Scenic Byways grants are based on archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. The Nestucca property was owned by the Jesuits and used as a religious retreat for more than 50 years.

The newly acquired property is not yet open to the public, but the dramatic view is available to anyone driving along U.S. Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

Last updated: September 10, 2013