The First Research Reserve – South Slough

On June 27, 1974, the South Slough Sanctuary in Oregon was dedicated as the first site in what is now known as the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. South Slough is one of 28 research reserves around the country dedicated to research and education about estuaries—those places where rivers meet the sea and fresh and salty waters are mixed by the tide.

Today, the South Slough Reserve is a 5,000-acre natural area co-managed by NOAA, which provides operating funds and guidance, and the Oregon Department of State Lands, which provides day-to-day staffing and management. (2016)

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Partners: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon Department of State Lands