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Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary

Located on the coast near Yachats, Ore., Portland Audubon's Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary is a 216-acre reserve of extraordinary ecological importance.

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Located on the coast near Yachats, Ore., the Audubon Society of Portland's Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary is a 216-acre reserve of extraordinary ecological importance. It includes the largest intact stand of coastal temperate rainforest of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock in the lower 48 states and is home to the federally listed Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl.

Other sanctuary species include Roosevelt Elk, Black-tailed Deer, Cougar, Black Bear, Bald Eagle and other birds of prey. The creek has runs of threatened Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout.

Ten Mile also provides a critical link between the 9,300-acre Cummins Creek Wilderness to the north and the 7,400-acre Rock Creek Wilderness to its south. Together they provide a continuous, intact forest canopy that stretches across five watershed basins.

Audubon in Action at Ten Mile

Conservation and Research

The Audubon Society of Portland's coastal conservation and research work includes planting native tree species, eradicating non-native plant species, collaborating with fish and wildlife agencies to conduct spawning surveys, and monitoring the health of Ten Mile Creek's salmon populations. We also work with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and Ocean Policy Advisory Council to protect Oregon's natural heritage of marine wildlife and near-shore habitats.


We offer hands-on environmental education programs for students ranging from elementary school children to graduate students. Class visits include hikes through the woods and presentations by biologists, plus interactive projects like counting salmon to assess river health. Education tours are also available for scientists, Forest Service officials and policy makers.

Connecting Habitats

The Audubon Society of Portland works in partnership with local businesses, citizens, state and federal agencies, and other non-profit organizations to acquire ecologically important land parcels throughout the Oregon coastal bioregion. Past acquisitions include:

  • Forty acres adjacent to Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary facilitated by an individual supporter of the program upon learning that this land was scheduled for development (1999).
  • In partnership with the Trust for Public Land, Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary completed a 98 acre acquisition for the Pine Tree Conservation Society (2001).
  • Audubon helped the River Conservancy gather local support for the acquisition of the 1400 acre Drift Creek / Lower Alsea River parcel (2002).

Managing Ten Mile Creek

Paul Engelmeyer teaching at Ten Mile - Jason Waicunas
Paul Engelmeyer Ten Mile Creek- Jason Waicunas

Paul Engelmeyer has managed Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary since 1991. He is a respected voice on Pacific Northwest conservation issues and provides valuable information to state and regional fish and wildlife commissions. Paul is also a recognized leader in exposing the plight of the now-threatened Coho Salmon in Oregon, and serves as the Audubon Society of Portland's Pacific Coast salmon specialist.

He received the U.S. Forest Service's Caring for the Land Award (1997) and the Native Fish Society Stalwart Conservation Advocate Award (1998) for his dedication and community service in working to restore native salmon habitat.

Please contact Paul Engelmeyer at 541-547-4227 with any questions, or to arrange a visit.

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