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BANDON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that they have suspended a study of the potential for expanding the boundary of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2011, USFWS began the study as part of a long-term land planning process.

Although the USFWS maintains its interest in the study, the decision has been made to suspend the study due to limited funding and resources, according to a press release.

Consequently, a draft land protection plan will not be released for public comment at this time. The USFWS will resume the land protection planning study in the future as additional resources become available.  

“The Service appreciates the support that was expressed from partners, local residents andlandowners, but due to limited resources it is necessary to suspend the planning process at this time,” said Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.

The Bandon Marsh Refuge was established to conserve the last tidal marsh within the Coquille River estuary and provide important habitat for migratory birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and songbirds, and to restore intertidal marsh habitat for anadromous fish such as Chinook and threatened coho salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout.  

The USFWS is committed to tidal wetlands protection and restoration for fish, wildlife, and plants, to benefit the American public, the release stated.  

For more information, those interested can call the refuge office at 541-867-4550; write to Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; or e-mail Oregoncoast@fws.gov.

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Bandon Western World Editor