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The Unwelcome Mosquitoes Of Bandon Marsh

For a small coastal community just outside the city of Bandon in Southern Oregon, the tension between conservation efforts and quality of life has been brought to the forefront this summer. Residents who live near the newly expanded 420-acre Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge have been plagued by a massive uptick in the mosquito population this summer.

The mosquito problem has confined residents to their homes and the community says it has even yielded economic consequences by driving away summer tourists. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the increased mosquito population stems from high tides this year that have drawn water inland, creating a fertile breeding ground of standing water for the mosquito hatches.

Frustrated residents have been looking to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which restored and manages the marsh, for answers and solutions. Officials at U.S. Fish and Wildlife are working to resolve to problem, and have issued a limited permit to Coos County for the use of some pesticides in the area. However, residents are still looking for a long-term solution and wondering who will foot the bill.

Do you live in an area where conservation projects have affected quality of life or economic conditions? Were solutions found for the problems?

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