We are a 56,698 acre site designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 on the central Oregon Coast by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Program.
Our rare and diverse ecosystem includes the Salmon River and its estuary, a sandy littoral spit, densely forested uplands, a two mile basalt headland covered in native coastal prairie and a marine reserve stretching West into
the waters of the Pacific.

This unique land / sea connection, is protected and managed by a dynamic community of agencies, non-profits,
businesses, and residents in the surrounding communities.

All photography provided by Duncan Berry

We are offering a series of “Wild Edge” experiential programs in Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve for the public in 2019 featuring unique Natural Arts and Science field experiences for families and individuals, guided by local naturalists and artists.

To celebrate the biological & cultural value of the biosphere reserve by engaging a wide range of citizens, scientists, businesses and artists living and working together in a dynamic community.

The Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve’s (CHBR) diverse ecosystem includes:

  • 7 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline with a recently added marine reserve and major coastal prairie headlands jutting out to sea.

  • A littoral sand spit, dune and beach pine complex.

  • The Salmon River, and its recently restored estuary, providing critical staging areas for upstream spawning migrations of anadromous fish and rearing areas for juveniles and smolts.

  • A community of several thousand humans living in both rural and city environments.

 Besides its UNESCO Man and the Biosphere designation this area has additional  federal and state designations conserving its ecosystem including:

  • A Nature Conservancy preserve (entire headland).

  • A federal Scenic Research Area (estuary and river).

  • A National Forest under late successional reserve management.

  • State held Conservation easement (Westwind property).

Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve has a prolific diversity of wildlife including:

Black bear, Cougar, Elk, Osprey, Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon, 5 species of Salmon, Grey and Humpack whales, as well as four federally listed endangered species: The Spotted owl, Marbled Murrelet, Coho salmon, and Oregon Silver Spot Butterfly. 

The biosphere is stewarded by a vibrant community of non-profit organizations, federal and state agencies and private land owners

A wide range of visitors are attracted to this biological gem and participate in a diverse mix of activities there: Kayaking, birding, diving, hiking, fishing, crabbing, hunting researching, foraging, participating in work-shops, summer camps and symposiums.

To learn more about the UNESCO Man & Biosphere program click here