January 19-20, 2011 OWEB Board Meeting
Executive Director Update #C-7: 2010 Coastal Wetlands Grants
This report provides an update on the status of the federal 2010 U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS) Coastal Wetlands Grant Awards projects. The Coastal Wetlands Grants offer a
significant partnership investment opportunity to restore and protect coastal wetland and estuary
ecological values, promote strong partnerships, and provide a significant match to OWEB
funds. 2010 Coastal Wetland Grants
In June of 2010, OWEB submitted three applications on behalf of coastal partners for project funding under the Coastal Wetlands Grant Program, after having received permission from the Emergency Board to apply for the federal grants in May of 2010. On December 22, 2010, the Secretary of the Interior announced the awards that included all three applications submitted by OWEB. Combined, the three federal grants total approximately $2.4 million and require a total state match of just over $1.5 million. The three projects are summarized below.
Coquille Valley Wetland Conservation and Restoration –
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board was awarded
$1 million to help acquire and restore approximately 622 acres of coastal wetlands in the Coquille Valley on the southern Oregon coast for permanent conservation, protection, and restoration by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). This project is the first phase of a larger initiative by ODFW to conserve and restore approximately 3,000 acres in the lowlands along the lower
Coquille River encompassing some of the most productive wetland habitats on theOregon Coast. The total
cost of the first phase is $2,506,000. Protection and restoration of freshwater wetlands would complement downstream estuarine restoration efforts on Bandon National Wildlife Refuge. This project would protect nesting, feeding, and nursery areas for a diversity of at-risk fish and wildlife species, including Oregon Coast Coho salmon, Coastal cutthroat trout, Bald eagle, Purple martin, Willow flycatcher, Western meadowlark, and Townsend's big-eared bat. The Nature Conservancy is providing technical and financial support for this effort through the Northwest Wildlife Conservation Initiative.