Conservation Strategy Talk

October 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Newport 60+ Activity Center
20 S.E. 2nd ST
Newport, OR
Newport 60+ Activity Center

 Paul Engelmeyer (purple sweater) leading Marbled Murrelet survey.
Paul Engelmeyer (purple sweater) leading Marbled Murrelet survey.

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is hosting a talk by long-time coastal conservationist Paul Engelmeyer on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. in the center’s Multi-Purpose Room.  He will speak on “Land and Sea Conservation Issues and Strategies in Oregon’s Nearshore and Coast Range Basins.”

Engelmeyer has managed the Audubon Society’s Ten Mile Creek reserve south of Yachats since 1990.  He has led management activities aimed at watershed restoration and protection for salmon and steelhead as well as for the Northern Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet.  The Ten Mile Creek Conservation Program includes education, land stewardship, acquisition and advocacy. In the early ‘90s Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the local community and the Siuslaw National Forest developed a partnership that grew into a basin-wide protection and restoration program, which eventually led to a national award in 2005.

Paul is also widely known for his marine conservation work.  As the statewide conservation representative on the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), Engelmeyer has worked on the issue of Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas for over 10 years. His participation in this process helped in the formation of the system of the current system of five marine reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. Engelmeyer and Audubon also helped with designation of the Central Coast Marbled Murrelet Important Bird Area (IBA), which was recently upgraded to a Globally Significant IBA. This conservation strategy, focused on a significant patch of Oregon’s ocean, is nestled within the larger ocean and seabird conservation effort recently unveiled at the First World Seabird Conference:  the “Baja to Barrow marine IBAs” within the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

For more information, please contact the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 541-265-9617. The Center is located at 20 SE 2nd St., across from City Hall.