Here is the press release:
Oregon: New Hunting Programs Proposed for Three Wildlife Refuges
New Hunting Programs Proposed for Three Wildlife Refuges
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released draft management plans for the Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges to guide management of these refuges for the next 15 years. The Refuges are located in Coos, Tillamook, and Lincoln Counties.
The Service proposes to expand waterfowl hunting on Bandon Marsh by allowing hunting on 300 acres of the Ni-les'tun Unit in addition to the present program that allows hunting seven-days-a-week on the 256 acre-Bandon Marsh Unit. Alternative B would allow seven-days-a-week of new hunting on the Ni-les'tun Unit vs. Alternative C which would reduce that to three-days-a-week.
A waterfowl hunting program is planned for Nestucca Bay on 180 acres at Brooten Marsh, 33 acres at the mouth of the Little Nestucca River, and 82 acres at the Little Nestucca Restoration Site under Alternative B. However, under Alternative C, the Restoration Site would not be open to hunting.
The nearly 2000-acre Siletz Refuge would be open
to waterfowl hunting seven-days-a-week on 80 acres west of Highway 101, as well as three-days-a-week on 225 acres north and south of Millport Slough and east of Highway 101. Slight changes to the proposed waterfowl program are made in Alternative C.
More information about the management plans for these refuges and the hunting opportunities being offered can be found at
Public comments are invited until October 22nd and can be emailed to oregoncoastCCP@fws.gov. Please include "Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay draft CCP and EA" in the subject line.
Hunter support through public comment is extremely important in order to keep Federal wildlife refuges open to hunting and encouraging the Service to enhance and expand hunting opportunities. Please take a few minutes to email your comments to the Service.
Here was my reply to the NRA with the email address to send your own reply.
NRA Contact information:
I'm a lifelong member of the NRA and in the last press release your group talked about the wonderful plans by the USFWS to open up the Bandon Marsh
Refuge to hunting.
Here is the problem.
The USFWS is in the middle of a huge land grab and is going to expand that refuge to 4500 acres and destroy farms and ranches in the process. This is
The Service out of control and your group is complicit in promoting this federal land grab. I like hunting, but not at the cost to family and friends or the local economy and our local way of life----just so birdwatchers and environmentalist can have a bird watching resort. The Service is known for not
keeping their pomises, so it would be better to keep that property in the hands of private owners....then we might get the chance to hunt.
Please read the enclosed attachments for more info and please get back to me ASAP. My contact
information is below.
#1 The Flyer
#2 The New Map w/Winter Lake Project
#3 OSU County & State Agricultural Estimates
#4 OSU Oregon Agriculture and the Economy An Update
#5 The Original Map of Alternative C/the expansion from USFWS...
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Bandon, OR 97411
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