Beaver Creek Estuary

Project #: 196838  –   Updated: July 26, 2012

Project Summary

This project permanently protects 91acres of tidally influenced freshwater marsh habitat and 12 acres of uplands within the Beaver Creek wetland priority acquisition area on Oregon’s central coast. The acquisitions are key linkages within a larger project area that extends from the Beaver Creek confluence with the Pacific Ocean at Ona Beach State Park to 4.5 miles upstream at the furthest extent of tidal influence. Acquisition of these four key properties offers a unique opportunity to add 0.6 miles of Beaver Creek and 91 acres of estuarine marsh and 12 acres of upland forest to adjacent pr...

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Location (by county):
Lincoln County (OR)

Watersheds:
Alsea

Congressional Districts:
OR District 05

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
27.99 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Beaver Creek Estuary No

Full Project Description

This project permanently protects 91acres of tidally influenced freshwater marsh habitat and 12 acres of uplands within the Beaver Creek wetland priority acquisition area on Oregon’s central coast. The acquisitions are key linkages within a larger project area that extends from the Beaver Creek confluence with the Pacific Ocean at Ona Beach State Park to 4.5 miles upstream at the furthest extent of tidal influence. Acquisition of these four key properties offers a unique opportunity to add 0.6 miles of Beaver Creek and 91 acres of estuarine marsh and 12 acres of upland forest to adjacent properties owned by The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). These acquisitions form contiguous protection of 2.2 miles of Beaver Creek and 283 acres of riverine and tidal estuarine freshwater marsh and 234 acres of early- to late-successional upland forest.

This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program.

The location shown on the map is approximate, and is based on the locations specified in the original project proposal, not on the final outcome. Please contact The Wetlands Conservancy for more specific spatial information.

Goals and Targets

Targeted habitats:

    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Land acquisition for conservation (fee simple, etc.) Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
US Fish and Wildlife Service (Federal Government) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

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"The marsh is part of a larger wetland system that extends several miles upstream through several miles of bottomlands that have been drained for pastures. The marsh provides important habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl and supports native stocks of chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. Other wildlife include a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, marsh birds (including Virginia rail, sora) as well as a pair of bald eagles. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Governor's Watershed Enhancement Board have helped fund fencing and riparian restoration on upstream pasture lands. The U. S. Forest Service has completed watershed assessment study. The Wetlands Conservancy is working with local groups and private landowners to expand conservation and restoration efforts to include other wetlands in the system."
--quoted from the website of the Oregon Habitat Joint Venture at http://www.ohjv.org/projects/coast_range.html

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Organization

The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC)
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Ginger Phalen
US Fish and Wildlife Service
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Partners

  • OPRD

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