Lincoln City is home to Oregon's only biosphere reserve.
This 102,110-acre site was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 on the central Oregon Coast by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Program and reauthorized in 2017. This 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.
Black bear, cougar, elk, osprey, bald eagle and peregrine falcon, five species of salmon, grey and humpback whales, as well as four federally listed endangered species: The spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and Oregon silverspot butterfly.