Lincoln City is home to Oregon's only biosphere region.
Covering 102,110-acres, the diverse UNESCO Cascade Biosphere Region encompasses the Salmon River and its estuary, a sandy coastal spit, densely forested uplands, a two-mile basalt headland covered in native coastal prairie, a marine reserve stretching west into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, and a good portion of Lincoln City itself.
Designated globally, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Biosphere Regions promote conservation and sustainability. There are 47 such regions in the U.S. and only one in Oregon, established in Lincoln City in 1976.
This unique connection of land and sea 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.