This area which is about 30 square miles, is composed of Gearhart Fen the largest contiguous wetland of its kind remaining on the Oregon coast. The Clatsop Plains beaches provide habitat for shorebirds during migration (e.g. Sanderlings) and potential areas for nesting Western Snowy Plovers. The area is conterminal with Necanicum River, Tillamook Head and Saddle Mountain COAs.
COA ID: 001
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.
Natural lakes are relatively large bodies of freshwater surrounded by land. For the purposes of the Conservation Strategy, natural lakes are defined as standing water bodies larger than 20 acres, including some seasonal lakes.
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.
Black Brant (Observed)
Branta bernicla nigricans
Black Oystercatcher (Observed)
California Myotis (Observed)
Caspian Tern (Observed)
Chinook Salmon (Documented)
Chum Salmon (Documented)
Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Documented)
Oncorhynchus clarki clarki
Coastal Tailed Frog (Modeled Habitat)
Coho Salmon (Documented)
Columbia Torrent Salamander (Modeled Habitat)
Columbian White-tailed Deer (Observed)
Odocoileus virginianus leucurus
Cope’s Giant Salamander (Modeled Habitat)
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Observed)
Fringed Myotis (Modeled Habitat)
Harlequin Duck (Observed)
Hoary Bat (Observed)
Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Modeled Habitat)
Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa
Long-legged Myotis (Observed)
Marbled Murrelet (Observed)
Northern Red-legged Frog (Observed)
Northern Spotted Owl (Observed)
Strix occidentalis caurina
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Observed)
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (Observed)
Speyeria zerene hippolyta
Peregrine Falcon (Observed)
Falco peregrinus anatum
Pink Sandverbena (Observed)
Abronia umbellata var. breviflora
Purple Martin (Observed)
Progne subis arboricola
Red Tree Vole (Modeled Habitat)
Silver-haired Bat (Observed)
Steelhead / Rainbow / Redband Trout (Documented)
Oncorhynchus mykiss ssp
Tufted Puffin (Observed)
Western Snowy Plover (Observed)
Charadrius nivosus nivosus
Western Toad (Modeled Habitat)