The South Slough NERR Management Commission recognizes that the action plans laid out in this document exist in relation to one another and in the context of external conditions. The
Commission has adopted the following principles to guide the overall approach to the work of South Slough NERR. These principles relate to and reinforce the Reserve’s mission and are descriptive of the values to which program effectiveness can be attributed.
Strengthen the understanding of estuaries in the Pacific Northwest through increased knowledge about South Slough and the Coos estuary.
The Coos estuary and the communities within its watershed should be the primary focus of the Reserve’s research and education activities. By focusing programs on South Slough and the Coos watersheds, the Reserve develops information and expertise that can be used to better understand estuaries and coastal watershed issues throughout the region.
Solicit and incorporate the advice and partnership of others.
South Slough NERR is committed to creating an atmosphere of cooperation and shared vision regarding the work of the Reserve. In the planning stages of a project, the Reserve will request and consider input from diverse sources to ensure the quality of the project and improve the likelihood for success.
Prioritize stewardship of the South Slough estuary.
An intact and functioning estuarine ecosystem is necessary for the long-term research and educational activities of the Reserve. All activities managed or endorsed by the Reserve will be compatible with the mission of the NERR system and with the South Slough NERR Stewardship Program.
Develop projects to advance multiple Reserve goals.
The mission of the Reserve is best served by projects that are designed to address multiple Reserve goals. Staff will keep the Manager and each other advised of proposed initiatives in order to identify possible conflicts and so implementation strategies can be formulated that meet the needs of all programs.
Focus Reserve activities on key audiences and environmental themes.
Programs at South Slough NERR address common issues in different ways. Programmatic efforts will be coordinated around target audiences and relevant coastal issues in order to most effectively serve the Reserve’s constituency.