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South Slough Reserve, Oregon

State

Oregon

State Partner

Oregon Department of State Lands

Acres

4,771

Est. Date

1974

Oregon’s South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is made up of 4,771 acres and provides habitats for salmon, great blue herons, bald eagles, migrating ducks, elk, sea otters, oysters, and crabs. The Reserve offers a diverse landscape of open waters, emergent islands, streams, salt marshes, and conifer-forested uplands. Through research, education, and stewardship programs, Reserve staff promote scientific and public knowledge of estuaries and how to manage them.

Explore the impact of South Slough Reserve in 2019, including their teacher training programs, forest restoration, and relationship with local tribal nations.

Did You Know…

South Slough was the first National Estuarine Research Reserve in our system.

Latest News from the South Slough Reserve

Talk NERRdy to Me: Deborah Rudd

Talk NERRdy to Me: Deborah Rudd

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Deborah Rudd, public involvement coordinator at Oregon’s South Slough Reserve. They talked about a “slough” of things—from the birth of the first Reserve and Indigenous collaboration to the best way to spoil volunteers and keep vandals from spoiling the view.

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Recipe Challenge: Salish Salmon

Recipe Challenge: Salish Salmon

We asked for your best estuary-sourced recipes, and Dennis Parent—retired commercial fisherman and volunteer with the Padilla Bay Foundation—delivered. His recipe for grilled Chinook salmon had our mouths watering and our spirits thinking about a trip to Washington.

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Building the Blue/Green Workforce

Building the Blue/Green Workforce

An unprecedented number of young people want to work in the environmental sciences. Reserves around the System, in collaboration with the Hollings Scholarship Program, are helping them get the experience they need.

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South Slough Reserve, Oregon