Slide Show Narrative: The South
Slough of Oregons Coos Bay estuary was first in
the nation to be designated a national estuarine research
reserve. Its tidal waters stretch deep into the coastal
forest, marking the landward limits of the marine environment.
When it was designated a reserve in 1974, forests surrounding
the estuary had been heavily logged and wetlands were
filled for agriculture. Supporters of the reserve envisioned
the area reverting to a pristine and natural condition.
Since creating the reserve, intensive commercial uses
have been curtailed. Restoring natural processes is now
a top priority while keeping South Slough available for
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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