Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditionsare described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.


Coastal prairie, wooded uplands, managed pastures, and salt marsh provide a mosaic of habitats for fish and wildlife at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The verdant pastures lining Nestucca Bay are a winter haven for thousands of Canada geese, while the restored tidal marshes are nursery habitat for salmonids.

Through refuge trails and overlooks and hands-on environmental education programs we will strive to inspire visitors to act wisely to preserve the wide diversity of habitats and the abundance of wildlife that characterize the refuge.

Deep in Neskowin Marsh, rare habitat types including sedge fen, shrub carr, and sphagnum bogs are surrounded by a forested lag, sheltering endemic plants. The rich soils of the marsh, with their alternating layers of peat and sand, harbor a well-preserved history of tsunami activity. With minimal human influence, the rare habitats of the marsh will continue to recover and evolve.

Working together with partners, friends, and volunteers, the future of this refuge will reflect a commitmentto adapt to the realities of climate change and a dedication to wildlife conservation.

Download Nestucca Bay's Comprehensive Conservation Plan by section:

Refuge Vision Statement, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Table of Contents (High Quality PDF - 4.3 MB)

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Background (High Quality PDF - 5.1 MB) 

Chapter 2 - Management Direction (High Quality PDF - 10.0 MB)

Chapter 3 - Physical Environment (High Quality PDF - 1.8 MB)

Chapter 4 - Biological Environment (High Quality PDF - 5.8 MB)

Chapter 5 - Human Environment (High Quality PDF - 1.5 MB)

Information Contact:

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

2127 SE Marine Science Drive

Newport, Oregon 97365-5258

Phone: (541) 867-4550

Fax: (541) 867-4551

Email: oregoncoast@fws.gov