City Club hosts speaker from Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary on Nov. 10

City Club invites the public to hear Paul Engelmeyer, manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary for the Portland Audubon Society, in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m.. 

Engelmeyer will discuss issues that affect Oregon’s coast, ranging from protecting forage fish (base prey for seabirds), to the unique requirements of the Marbled Murrelet (on the Endangered Species list), to the value of beavers for salmon recovery, to landscape conservation efforts and partnership.

He will be drawing upon his many years of experience managing the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary to his service on OPAC (Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council) that developed a system of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas for Oregon’s coast. He also has managed lands for The Wetlands Conservancy located in Alsea Bay, Beaver Creek and Yaquina Bay.

The presentation will include information about the Wetlands Conservancy parcels on the central coast as well as the designated “Globally Significant Central Coast Marbled Murrelet Important Bird Area" (IBA), which covers over 100,000 acres from north of the Yachats basin to south of Heceta Head. Engelmeyer also will explain how the Marine IBA efforts include partners from Baja California to Point Barrow Alaska.

Engelmeyer’s update will include the current status of Oregon’s five marine reserves as well as the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protected Area. Engelmeyer has decades of experience working in partnership to achieve conservation goals, including the Siuslaw Forest Stewardship groups that received the 2010 Two Chief’s Partnership Award, an award that is presented annually, to a few projects, by the Chiefs of the US Forest Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to recognize exemplary efforts working across both public and private lands to promote conservation and forest stewardship.

For more information, call 541-999-0745.