Partnerships

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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships that encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed. 
 
A short list of partnerships with Nestucca Bay NWR includes: 
 

Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE)

Based in Corvallis, Oregon, IAE conserves native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. IAE developed the coastal prairie recovery plan currently being implemented at Cannery Hill on the refuge. The plan identified Nestucca Bay NWR as a potentially ideal location for the eventual reintroduction of the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly, a federally Threatened Species. For more about IAE, visit their website.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

TNC in Oregon assisted the Refuge with its land acquisition program. TNC-Oregon acquired 9 of the 21 tracts of land and 79% of the acreage for the Refuge. Additionally, the Conservancy acquired some tracts and held them until Refuge acquisition funding became available. TNC also assisted in obtaining land acquisition funding from other sources. For more about TNC-Oregon, visit their website

Ducks Unlimited

A world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited was responsible for leading the design, engineering, and construction of the Little Nestucca Tidal Marsh Restoration Project. DU also provided substantial funding for construction and post-construction monitoring at the restoration site.

Federal Highway Administration (FHA)

FHA's Western Federal Lands Office was responsible for designing, engineering, and constructing Cannery Hill's public use areas, which opened the Refuge to public access. The National Scenic Byways Office provided a National Scenic Byways Grant that provided $2 million to acquire the Two Rivers Peninsula Tracts and develop trails and parking for this area. Visit their websites: Western Federal Lands and Federal Highway Administration

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – Scenic Byways

ODOT provided the Refuge with a Scenic Byways grant in 2007 to improve the entrance road to the refuge, construct two parking lots, and develop the Pacific View Hiking Trail. This grant project allowed the refuge to open to public access for the first time since it was established in 1992. In 2015 ODOT provided their support for a second National Scenic Byways Grant that provided $2 million to acquire the Two Rivers Peninsula Tracts and develop trails and expand parking. Learn more on their website.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians - Natural Resources Division

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have helped with inventory and monitoring of anadromous fish throughout the Refuge waterways. They also assisted with design and implementation of the Little Nestucca Tidal Marsh Restoration Project.

Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS)

Through partnerships with community and governmental organizations, an integrated curriculum design and an emphasis on field-based projects, JGEMS students apply their knowledge and skills toward bettering the environment. Working with students from the Kaizer-Salem School District, JGEMS conducts numerous research projects in the area, including amphibian surveys at Nestucca Bay NWR's Neskowin Marsh