The mission of the Coastal Program
is to protect and recover threatened
and endangered species, migratory birds, and inter-jurisdictional
fish - known as Federal Trust Species - by supporting voluntary restoration
and the enhancement of high priority coastal habitats.
Species' needs are addressed through actions conducted in habitat-based
focus areas on the Oregon Coast, as described in our strategic plan:
Lower Columbia River (salmonids)
Estuaries (salmonids and others)
Coastal Strand (Western Snowy Plover)
Coastal Meadows (Oregon Silverspot Butterfly)
Coastal Bogs (Western Lily)
Key Watersheds (salmonids and others)
Coastal Rocks and Islands (migratory seabirds, marine mammals)
In an effort to improve fish and wildlife habitat, conduct habitat
assessments, and provide technical assistance. the Coastal Program
has collaborated with federal, state and tribal governments; non-governmental
organizations; private industry; and private landowners.
Since 2003, the Coastal Program in Oregon has leveraged over $1.25
million dollars of partner contributions, representing a greater
than 1-to-5 match and restoring over 300 acres of high priority coastal
All Coast Program goals continue to be met annually and in 2008 approximately
18 projects will be under way on the Oregon coast.
Restored Coastal Strands provide habitat for the
threatened western snowy plover, a species highly impacted by
the invasion of European beach grass and dune stabilization.
Restoration at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge improved
habitat for salmonids and other wetland species.
Tidal wetlands, tributary spawning and rearing habitats, and off-channel
and winter refugia habitats for juvenile salmon are the highest
priority habitats for anadromous fish recovery.
Plans for tidal marsh restoration and protection in the Alsea
River estuary are underway, including dike removal and conservation
Contributing to the recovery of native salmonids in Lower
Columbia River estuaries and key watersheds by: a) removing barriers
to fish passage, b) planting riparian areas, c) increasing stream
structural complexity, and d) restoring tidal connectivity;
Contributing to the recovery of western snowy plovers in the Coastal
Strand by: a) removing non-native vegetation, and b) lowering stabilized
Contributing to the recovery of Oregon silverspot butterflies
in coastal meadows, and western lilies in coastal bogs by: a) reducing
encroaching vegetation, b) planting desirable species, and c) protecting
occupied areas from disturbance;
Contributing to the maintenance of occupied marine mammal and
seabird nesting habitat by: a) protecting coastal rocks and islands
from disturbance, and b) monitoring annual productivity.
USFWS Announces $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands
Sand Lake Estuary to receive 167 acres News Release (Jan. 30, 2013)