The federal government via The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department is going to buy or force sale of property along the Coquille River. The agency is calling this the “Comprehensive Conservation Plan.”
The local agency has maintained no landowner will be forced to sell their property, but the USFWS is working with non-governmental organizations to buy key pieces of land. This federal agency has a reputation of being unfriendly to property owners, ranchers and farmers.
The City of Bandon is working in unison with the USFWS in an effort to build and Eco Tourism Center and to turn Bandon and the Bandon Marsh into an Eco-Tourism Mecca. This is part and parcel of the city of Bandon’s Comprehensive Parks Plan.
We need to stop the Feds from this land grab and we need to stop the city from extending the debt limit of their Urban Renewal Agency in Area #1.
Property taxes from the county will be used to help fund a Federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Eco-Tourism Center, if we do not act now. The taxes collected in the taxing districts that overlap the Bandon Urban Renewal Agency will contribute to this project through the process of tax increment financing. .
Also, Coos County will lose millions of assessed property already on the tax roll, if the citizens of the county do not take a stand against this Federal Land grab….
Below are some links to the Fish and Wildlife Service and there is a form for public comment that has to be in by December 31st, so please fill it out and send it in.
Please call the Coos County Commissioners and tell them to VOTE NO on the Bandon Resolution and tell them they have to stop the Bandon Marsh Expansion or any of the studies proposed by the USFWS.
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Public Comment Form
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Commissioner Bob Main
Commissioner Fred Messerle
Commissioner Cam Parry
Please call and email the commissioners at 541-396-3121 x 225
To The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
As a citizen of Bandon, Oregon I would oppose any increase in the size of the Bandon Marsh. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife owns too much of the state already. The agency overall has become abusive to property owners, farmers and ranchers---all while deteriorating choice in the free market system.
The Federal government owns 53% of the state. It is time for the U.S. Federal Government, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, to sell most if not all of that property to private investors.
We appreciate what the Federal Government tried to accomplish, but the state of their finances and lack of oversight for these assets has become a national liability. The people of the state of Oregon can manage our own forests, fish and wildlife and your services are no longer necessary.
Please clean out your facilities and pick up your personal effects before leaving the state.