The Alsea Estuary is large and shallow and provides overwintering habitat for migrating waterfowl and rearing habitat for coastal salmonids. The COA also has had extensive salt marsh habitat restoration and contains a lot of public lands.
COA ID: 029
Oregon’s Coast Range, known for its dramatic scenery, is extremely diverse, with habitats ranging from open sandy dunes to lush forests and from tidepools to headwater streams. It follows the coastline and extends east through coastal forest to the border of the Willamette Valley and Klamath Mountains ecoregions
Occurring along the Oregon coastline, coastal dunes provide habitat for species that prefer open, sandy habitats with a high degree of disturbance from winds and tides.
Estuaries occur where freshwater rivers meet the oceanic salty waters, are influenced by tidal flooding, and experience frequent periodic changes in salinity, water levels, sunlight, and oxygen.
Grasslands include a variety of upland grass-dominated habitats, such as upland prairies, coastal bluffs, and montane grasslands.
Late Successional Mixed Conifer Forests
Late successional mixed conifer forests provide a multi-layered tree canopy, including large-diameter trees, shade-tolerant tree species in the understory, and a high volume of dead wood, such as snags and logs.
Flowing Water and Riparian Habitats
Flowing Water and Riparian Habitats include all naturally occurring flowing freshwater streams and rivers throughout Oregon as well as the adjacent riparian habitat.
Wetlands are covered with water during all or part of the year. Permanently wet habitats include backwater sloughs, oxbow lakes, and marshes, while seasonally wet habitats include seasonal ponds, vernal pools, and wet prairies.
Peregrine Falcon (Documented)
Falco peregrinus anatum
California Myotis (Documented)
Caspian Tern (Observed)
Spring Chinook Salmon, Coastal SMU (Documented)
Chum Salmon (Documented)
Clouded Salamander (Modeled Habitat)
Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Documented)
Oncorhynchus clarki clarki
Coastal Tailed Frog (Modeled Habitat)
Coho Salmon, Coastal SMU (Documented)
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Modeled Habitat)
Fringed Myotis (Modeled Habitat)
Harlequin Duck (Observed)
Hoary Bat (Modeled Habitat)
Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Modeled Habitat)
Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa
Long-legged Myotis (Modeled Habitat)
Marbled Murrelet (Modeled Habitat)
Northern Spotted Owl (Modeled Habitat)
Strix occidentalis caurina
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Observed)
Pacific Lamprey (Documented)
Red Tree Vole (Modeled Habitat)
Silver-haired Bat (Modeled Habitat)
Southern Torrent Salamander (Modeled Habitat)
Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Modeled Habitat)
Purple Martin (Observed)
Progne subis arboricola
Western Toad (Modeled Habitat)