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Siletz Bay bibliography to 2023 by date Public Deposited

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  • Oregon's estuaries are important ecosystems for scientific study. Consequently, knowledge of what research has been conducted helps us identify benchmarks and plan new projects. A comprehensive bibliography of published research, technical reports, local documents, and data sets is one means of recording this knowledge. For these reasons, the Guin Library staff have compiled bibliographies on Netarts Bay, the Salmon River Estuary, Siletz Bay, Yaquina Bay, the Alsea River Basin, the Yachats River Estuary and the Umpqua River Basin.
  • Siletz Bay is a moderately sized estuary approximately 1,461 acres in area. Its watershed covers about 373 square miles. Major modifications to the bay have come through sedimentation from human activity, mainly logging, and by changes to the shoreline. Much of the land around the bay is now part of the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Siletz River has a native summer steelhead trout run that is unique in Oregon, and is widely known for its excellent fishing. This bibliography is about Siletz Bay. Geographic coverage occasionally ranges upriver, but the primary focus is on the estuary. The Siletz Bay Bibliography attempts to identify research on the physical and biological aspects of the Siletz River and estuary, with an emphasis on fisheries and natural resources. In addition to some attention to the area’s pre-history, references date from Theodore Talbot’s 1849 trip through the region through June, 2023. A web-based version of this bibliography is available at: The web version offers keyword searching, which includes major concepts as well as species names and geographic referents.
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