Fort Euchre Research

ORREC’s biologically diverse Fort Euchre location provides an unrivaled opportunity for researchers and scientists alike to study the natural environment and the human condition.

Conveniently located close to 7 major coastal estuaries and in close proximity to the most pristine and diverse forests in North America, Fort Euchre provides immediate access to privately and government owned lands for numerous natural resources oriented studies.

The 23.7 acres of Fort Euchre encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, meadows and forested uplands. The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.

Fort Euchre is within walking distance of the near ocean environment and at the starting point of some of the most impressive artifacts of dynamic geologic processes resulting from tectonic collision and 64 million-year-old Roseburg volcanics that formed the rock formations scattered along this wild, untamed coastline. Because of this variety of geologic origins and processes, Oregon’s rocky shores provide a unique opportunity for researchers studying marine and tectonic geology.

An abundance of wildlife is readily studied at Fort Euchre. The birds living in the Southern Coast such as the northern goshawks, peregrine falcons, pileated woodpeckers, and olive-sided flycatcher all call Fort Euchre home. The fish bearing stream known as Euchre creek that marks the southern property boundary is home to such species as the river lamprey, coastal cutthroat trout, red-legged frogs, southern seep salamander, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and others. Other wildlife includes fringed myotis bats, long-legged myotis bats, Townsend’s big-eared bat, and sharptail snakes, northern flying squirrels, and Roosevelt elk, among others.

The biodiversity of Fort Euchre is immense and include flora and fauna that is indigenous to this unique environment. With our 23.7 acres and the surrounding area there are large Douglas-fir trees, Sitka spruce, salmonberry, salal, tanoak, Pacific Madrone and Port Orford cedar trees, with portions of the surrounding forests including old-growth stands. Shrubs and wildflowers abound such as the evergreen huckleberry, red-flowering currant, and nutka rose which are attractive to both birds and pollinators alike making Fort Euchre a delightful location for ornithological and abiotic/biotic pollinatization research.

Fort Euchre is also comfortably available as a year round research venue due to the wondrously mild maritime climate characterized by cool dry summers that are followed by mild and wet winters. Average temperatures range from a low of 40 degrees in January to a high of 74 degrees in the summer and early fall.

The overall design of our facility in development features a minimal eco-footprint and utilizes sustainable, ecologically friendly features with modern comforts such as showers, commercial kitchen, IT services, and a helipad to get to those areas of interest via a “leave no sign” methodology.

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