Collaborating with community members, partners, and Lodestar Studio, Inc., the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership just completed designing interpretive panels for the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve in Port Orford and the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve at both Sea Lion Caves in Florence and Siuslaw National Forest sites along Highway 101. Production of these signs completes the first of three phases of marine reserve interpretive panels for the coast of Oregon. Installation of all 14 signs will occur within the next several months, in time for the spring tourist season along the coast.
The Redfish Rocks interpretive panels take visitors on an underwater journey from the shore of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve to the base of Redfish Rocks, discovering the marine fish and animals that call those habitats home. The panels also featured the important role of community fishermen, research at the reserves, and the abundant fish and wildlife resources found in the reserve.
Sea Lion Caves panels focused on the "Legacy of Protection," the story of Sea Lion Caves and the long-term stewardship of the site by private landowners. In addition, upwelling, Stellar sea lions, and research at the caves were featured on the panels.
Siuslaw National Forest panels feature the 41 square mile Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, including the critical "Land-Sea Connection," the Globally Important Bird Areas (e.g., Heceta Banks) that attract birds from all over the world, the hundreds of species that call this marine reserve home, and the "Giants of the Land and Sea," - the whales and Sitka spruce that define the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Cape Perpetua.
To view all of the interpretive panels produced, click here.
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