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Friends of South Slough
An Invitation
We Invite You To Join the Friends of South Slough Reserve Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to public education about estuaries.
The Friends of South Slough are planning a very exciting year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends, please contact Deborah Rudd at 541-888-5558 ext. 58 or e-mail her at:

Board Meetings

The Friends hold their Board meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Charleston Marina RV Park in Charleston, Oregon.  The meetings are open to the general public.  Anyone who is interested in the Friends is encouraged to attend.

Images of South Slough Reserve
Photos by David Baker

Launching "Chmoosh" at the Distant Water Fleet Facility.
"Together we can make a difference"
A beautiful 24-foot long, 250 pound canoe has been donated to the Reserve by the Friends of South Slough. It is made of fiberglass and modeled after Pacific Northwest Indian dugouts, which were fast and efficient. In keeping with its heritage, the canoe is named Chmoosh (pronounced shoo-moosh), in honor of Buddy Metcalf and Bob Younker's tribal name, which means "Floating Log-Go with the Tide". These members of the Coquille Indian Tribe were among the earliest to promote ecological habitat restoration.
Fund Raising Continues
The Friends are currently raising funds for a traditional Native American floathouse to be used by the Reserve's education program in the estuary.

The Friends
In 1988 a group of close supporters formed the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. The Friends’ mission is to promote and assist the Reserve in its educational and research activities and to obtain grants and other funding to promote South Slough and its programs.
The Friends sponsor many activities each year to raise money for community education, trail development, and research about estuaries. The Friends maintain a book and gift store at the interpretive center and interpret South Slough’s ecology and natural features for visitors. Members of the Friends also assist by guiding trail walks, leading classes or hosting special events.
New members are always welcome.
To join the Friends contact Deborah Rudd at the South Slough Interpretive Center at 541-888-5558 ext. 58 or e-mail her at deborah.rudd@state.or.us.
Friends of South Slough Board 2014
FOSS President Valerie Cooley leads a paddle trip on the South Slough.
FOSS Vice President Valerie Cooley leads a paddle trip.
President - Lonne Mays
Vice President - Valerie Cooley
Treasurer - Tom Younker 
Book Store Manager - David Lunde
Secretary - Patricia McKillip
Memberships and Contributions Officer - Sue Cameron 
Historian and Archivist - (position not filled) 
Gary Cooper - Ex-officio Board Member 

Accountant- (position not filled) 

About the Friends and the South Slough Reserve
As a national estuarine research reserve, South Slough’s primary task is to study and learn about estuaries – those places where rivers meet the sea. Over the years scientific researchers at South Slough have learned much about how estuaries work, what benefits they provide for fish, wildlife and humans, and what is necessary to make them thrive. Beyond that, South Slough provides a place where elementary, high school, college and post-graduate students can learn about essential benefits that only estuaries provide.
The South Slough inlet provides many outstanding types of habitat, from forests to mudflats, and from cattail marshes to salty bays. These areas are home to many animals and birds year round, such as elk, river otters, raccoons, bobcats, deer and bear, as well as migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Unusual carnivorous plants may be found in secretive bogs or nooks.
The magic of South Slough moves with the water as it changes from fresh to salty and back again with each turn of the tide. Long-legged wading birds are most easily seen as they stalk fish in the open channels. More difficult to see are the oysters, Dungeness crabs, salmon and other fish swimming and growing among them. Buried beneath the surface of the mud are clams, mudshrimp, and millions of tiny worms and invertebrate creatures that make their livings out of sight beneath the surface.
More than 3,000 elementary school students visit South Slough each year. The curriculum involves the students, teachers and parent volunteers in a educational experience designed to help them learn about many exciting features of estuaries. The curriculum was developed according to statewide science education guidelines and with recommendations of teachers.
South Slough also plays an important role in supporting statewide college educational programs.
The interpretive center on Seven Devils Road is the primary destination for more than 25,000 visitors each year. From its location on a timbered ridge top, views stretch north and east across much of the 4800 acres of forests, streams, meadows, salt marshes and mudflats to the bay 300 feet below. Besides the Friends of South Slough Bookstore and More, the center provides trail information, brochures, activity calendars, exhibits, an auditorium and a classroom. Many activities – including education and public involvement for adults, and play for toddlers, are scheduled throughout the year.