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South Slough And State Lands Purchase Indian Point Property

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Tuesday, the Oregon Department of State Lands and the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve announced they purchased 240 acres in the Coos Estuary in October.

The land, known as the Indian Point Parcel, will become part of nearly 600 acres of protected wetlands.

Funds to purchase the parcel came from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. It specifies the land must be used for educational and research purposes. South Slough manager Gary Cooper describes the early plans for the property:

Cooper: "We will look at the types of things we can do along the tidal interface, and the mudflats, the salt marshes, and how we can make sure that those are taken care of where there's restoration that's needed. Already we've been out there removing some invasive species."

In other South Slough lands, researchers are studying native oyster repopulation and eel grass growth.

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