These rules are designed to complement the primary management objectives and the primary scientific objectives of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve by regulating public use of the Reserve. The primary management objective of the Reserve is to maintain the integrity of the estuary; to protect it from both internal and external sources of stress which may alter or affect the nature of the ecosystem and to preserve the area for long-term scientific and educational uses. All publicly owned areas of the Reserve are available to scientists, students and the general public on a basis desirable and permissible for coordinated research and educational uses and for other compatible uses to the extent they do not interfere with the primary management and scientific objectives. These rules are adopted in accordance with plans and policies defined in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan; Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 273.553 (South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) et seq.); the federal Grant-in-Aid (fi04-4-158-12001, as amended); and Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 as amended.