U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service The Coastal Program Success in Oregon Oregon Coast Caring for Our Coastal Habitats Western snowy plover habitat on the southern Oregon Coast. Photo by Kathleen Castelein/Oregon National Heritage Information Center. The Coastal Program in Oregon Oregon’s Scenic Coast Coastal Program Goals The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s The Oregon Coast region consists of The Oregon Coastal Program is Coastal Program is a non-regulatory 320 miles of sandy and rocky shoreline working to restore tidal wetlands program that relies on partnership and contains a wealth of habitats: sand which have declined by more than 40 building to protect and restore dunes, rock islands and headlands, percent in fourteen of seventeen wetland, riparian, and upland coastal estuaries, streams, riparian wetlands, coastal estuaries. These wetlands habitats. Since its establishment in wooded uplands, and remnant old provide valuable habitat for waterfowl, 2002, the Coastal Program in Oregon growth forests comprised of Sitka shorebirds, raptors, small mammals, has collaborated with Federal, State, spruce and Western hemlock. These amphibians, and anadromous fish. tribal, and private partners to habitats habor federally threatened improve fish habitat, control invasive and endangered species including the One of the most valuable services of the species, conduct habitat assessments, western snowy plover, coho salmon, Oregon Coastal Program is the ability to and provide technical assistance. In northern spotted owl, marbled provide resources and biological addition, a variety of outreach and murrelet, Oregon silverspot butterfly, expertise to watershed councils in education programs are being and western lily, and support some of Oregon’s coastal communities. The implemented to increase awareness the most important seabird nesting councils were established by Oregon and promote stewardship of colonies in the United States. Coastal through legislation to focus on Oregon’s coastal habitats. rocks and sand spits provide breeding watershed restoration. and haul-out sites for seals and sea lions. Another important role is to participate There are a variety of land ownerships and assist the Washington/Oregon along the coast. These include Snowy Plover Working Group. This federally-owned lands such as the interagency group coordinates Oregon Coast National Wildlife monitoring and recovery initiatives for Refuge’s tidal estuaries, the Bureau of the western snowy plover and includes Land Management’s New River Area Federal, State, and local agencies from of Critical Environmental Concern, Oregon and Washington. and the United States Forest Service’s Oregon Dunes National Recreation The Oregon Coastal Program is Coho salmon in an Oregon coastal stream. Area; state-owned lands such as the working to control invasive species, Photo by David Pitkin/USFWS. Oregon Parks and Recreation such as European beachgrass. This Department’s Bandon State Natural grass was first introduced in the Area; and private lands. early 1900’s for dune stablilization. Snowy plover media package. The Oregon Coastal Program is working with the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center to produce a snowy plover media package. The media package includes short video clips and a compact disc with images of plovers, habitat, threats, management and monitoring methods. The Coastal Program initiated a pilot project with the Lincoln County School District to facilitate environmental education opportunities for students on the central Oregon Coast. Coastal Program funding will pay for transportation costs associated with field trips to coastal wetland habitats. Habitat restoration site at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Central Oregon Coast. Photo by David Pitkin/USFWS. It outcompetes native vegetation and Development of techniques for encroaches on habitat of the western restoring coastal grasslands. snowy plover. The Oregon Coastal Program is implementing on-the-ground The Oregon Coastal Program strives experiments to determine the best to educate the public on the techniques for restoring coastal importance of restoring and grasslands for the threatened Oregon protecting our natural resources. silverspot butterfly. The Nature Educational initiatives are underway Conservancy, Clatsop County Soil to provide resources to school districts and Water Conservation District, the and information to the public on North Coast Lands Conservancy, natural resource stewardship. and the Army National Guard’s Camp Rilea are project cooperators. Project Examples Estuarine Wetland Restoration. Prioritization of watersheds. The Oregon Coastal Program, in The Oregon Coastal Program is partnership with Ducks Unlimited, cooperating with Siuslaw, Nehalem, the Siletz Indian Tribe, and the Umpqua and Smith River Watershed Oregon silverspot butterflies mating. Photo Oregon Department of Fish and Councils, Pacific Coast Joint by Richard Szlemp/USFWS. Wildlife, is working to restore 100 Venture, and local communities to acres of estuarine wetland at Siletz identify and prioritize sites in the Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This Siuslaw, Nehalem, and Umpqua For more information contact project is one of the largest estuarine River estuaries for tidal wetland U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wetland restoration projects on the restoration using GIS analysis and The Oregon Coastal Program Oregon Coast. field investigations. Fred Seavey 2127 SE Marine Science Drive Western Snowy Plover Habitat Newport, OR 97365-5258 Restoration. 541/867-4558 In cooperation with the Oregon 541/867-4551 FAX National Guard and the Forest Service, the Coastal Program will http://www.fws.gov/cep/cepcode.html restore 270 acres on the central Oregon Coast by mechanically removing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service European beach grass and creating 800/344 Wild open sand habitat for the plover. http://www.fws.gov The Forest Service will maintain and manage the site and the National January 2004 Western snowy plover. Photo by David Guard will use the project as a Pitkin/USFWS. training exercise.
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