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Lower Nehalem Community Trust
APRIL 2016
"When we learn to love the living creatures of the earth, when we listen to the voices of the trees, the flowers, and the birds, when we recognize that 
all around us a great conversation is taking place, if we have ears to hear, then the world becomes again a place of magic" 
— Starhawk
Excerpt from Tales of Wanderland by Gwendolyn Endicott 

Calling All Garden Lovers!


Stewardship News

Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator

Don't Hesitate to Get Involved!
Stewardship of LNCT's properties in March included planting native trees and shrubs at Cedar Creek and Elk Meadows as well as facilities maintenance at Vosburg Creek and Alder Creek Farm.  April will entail working with students from all over the state ~ join us!  The Trust will host over 60 students from St. Mary's School in Medford for a day of gardening and invasive species removal at Alder Creek Farm. 

We'll also get area 3rd and 4th graders at Down by the Riverside hosted by Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and led by Dean "Moses" Bones at the Farm.  Schoolchildren will get their hands dirty as well by helping us maintain some of our plantings.  We look forward to spring to conduct invasive species control, plant maintenance, and monitoring of all our land holdings. 
“Rain or Shine” Stewardship Wednesday
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – noon
Meet at Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem

Zimmerman Marsh

Have you taken a walk at Zimmerman Marsh recently?  Max and many volunteers have been restoring the marsh to encourage wildlife and a healthy estuarine meadow, wetlands, and riparian ecosystem.  Bring your binoculars for early morning bird watching and share your pictures with us!

This small parcel in Wheeler on Highway 101 between 1st and Hemlock Streets has seen the ongoing removal of blackberries and planting of native shrubs.  Take a look at the new plantings and a habitat come alive for the spring with healthy rushes, ferns, and leafing alder. 

We want to especially express our appreciation to volunteer land stewards Barb Rippey and Barry Marshall for their devoted water carrying throughout last year's dry summer.  Without this care-taking the newly planted natives would not have survived.  Yet, they are thriving!  Thank you, Barb and Barry!  To adopt a parcel for watering this summer, contact Max.

Save the Date — Broom Buster in the Parks! 
Join Max for a Scotch broom buster work exchange between Elk Meadows Park and Nehalem Bay State Park. Saturday, May 14, at Elk Meadows at the end of Neptune Way in Bayside Gardens, from 10 :00 am - 1:00 pm and Sunday, May 15 at Nehalem Bay State Park.  This work party is for all ages ~ grab your friends! Pack some water, a snack, and bring along your work gloves and loppers if you have them.

Community Garden Notes

Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator

From Brambles to Orchard
Volunteers Joanne Benningfield & Rolf Birchfield celebrate
new fruit trees in the community garden.
Thanks to a generous donation by Northwoods Nursery of Molalla, Oregon (formerly the commercial operation of One Green World), 12 baby fruit trees have been added to the orchard at Alder Creek Farm's community garden.  Six of those trees were used to populate a brand-new area recently cleared of invasive European blackberries.

Imagine! More apples, peaches, and the first-ever persimmons growing among our fig trees, crab apples, and 100 year old heirloom apple trees.  We are grateful for Northwoods Nursery's generous donation, which allowed us to replace trees we had lost to disease.

Thank you, orchardist Joanne Benningfield and partner Rolf Birchfield, for spearheading this work and directing the orchard team at Alder Creek Farm as the soil was prepared and trees planted in their new home.
Save the Date!
Living Locally Fundraiser, Feast & Auction

Saturday, June 4th at Alder Creek Farm
Tickets on sale soon!

LNCT Presents

Earth Day Hike to Devil's Cauldron
Sunday, April 24, 1:00 pm
Experience the connection between land and sea firsthand during an easy short (.25 miles) hike to the amazing Devil's Cauldron in Oswald West State Park.  If you’re up for more, continue on Elk Flats Trail for a 3-mile moderate-to-difficult hike to Short Sands Beach.  The Elk Flats Trail, which leads hikers through stunning old growth trees, is steep in some sections and can be muddy this time of year; be prepared to scamper over some sizable fallen trees.

This all-ages hike will be led by Chrissy Smith of Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Dale Cramer Burr of Lower Nehalem Community Trust.  Learn about the unique story of our coastline, from natural history to ongoing land and ocean conservation, including the new Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

There are no bathroom or drinking water facilities on this hike. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring water or snacks as needed.  Meet rain or shine at parking area on west side of Highway 101 at the North Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead. On Google Maps search Elk Flats Trail in Nehalem, Oregon.

Earth Day Eco Fair at NCRD
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Coast Recreation District, 36155 9th Street, Nehalem, Oregon

Please join us for a weekend of talks, screenings, kayak tours, and activities.
Participating organizations include: Wild Oregon, North Coast State Forest Coalition, Kayak Tillamook, and LNCT in partnership with Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve
For more information call NCRD at (503) 367-7008 or visit their website.

Partner Events

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
April Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 6
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Nehalem City Hall, 35900 8th Street, Nehalem

Please join the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council for its next Council meeting to review current and upcoming projects. For more information visit Facebook.

LNWC Speaker Series
Thursday, April 14
6:30 pm Refreshments
7:00 pm Council Updates
7:20 pm Presentation
8:30 pm Adjourn
Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave., Manzanita

Life in the River – A North Coast story told in two documentary films
Join Derek Wiley of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a special screening of his films on the freshwater life of native salmon: Journey’s End  and Salmonid Life Cycle Monitoring on the NF Nehalem River (2015). 

Derek holds degrees in Biology and Fisheries & Wildlife. 

For more information contact LNWC coordinator, Alix Lee: (503) 368-7424 or Find out on Facebook.

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Community Team Meeting 
Planning for Cape Falcon Events ~ All Are Welcome!
Friday, April 15 
4:00 – 5:30 PM 

Fire Mountain School, 6505 Elk Flat Rd, Arch Cape, OR
Meeting is open to the public.  Please contact us if you are interested in joining us via email, website, or on Facebook.

History & Nature Buffs — Explore Sauvie Island
Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn about Sauvie Island's magical habitat AND archaeological history with Portland State University graduate student, Martin Plumer.  Martin's vision is for everyone to learn a bit about how to do archaeological survey, identify common features & artifacts, then go out and survey for the rest of the day.  Because this is part of Martin's graduate research, every volunteer will be interviewed. Contact Martin by calling
(215) 715-3701.

Phenology Gather-In at Wanderland
Wanderland Rainforest Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join Gwendolyn Endicott, author, teacher, and storyteller for a spring afternoon in the rainforest with a focus on phenology, the recording of weather patterns and the occurrence of life forms in a particular place through the cycles and seasons and years.  Is there a place you love where you frequently walk?  Record what is happening there over a period of time, and see how it deepens your understanding and relationship with the earth.

Many of us grieve the loss of the natural landscape around us. When something disappears, we lose the language to describe it.  Linguists tell us that is now happening to the vocabulary of nature.  This circle will be dedicated to remembering, creating, and using the language of nature; and a way of seeing and experiencing called phenology.

Suggested donation is $20 (50% will be donated to LNCT).  The size of the circle is limited so please contact Gwendolyn to reserve a place: 503 368 6389 or  To learn more about Wanderland visit the Sanctuary's website.

Partner News

Marine Microplastic Cleanup Matters
Mission: Training and access to the best tools for microplastic removal year-round for the Manzanita & Neahkahnie communities, and to provide the best filtration tools to a high density microplastic site in Scotland.

Plan: To hold a community training on Neahkahnie Beach with Marc Ward, the leading filtration expert and North Coast native.

Donate: Visit and search Marine Microplastic Cleanup. $1200 is sought for Neahkahnie Beach and $800 for the Firth in Scotland.  To direct your donation, please note your wishes in the "comments" field.  This event is sponsored by Sea Turtles Forever, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions or to Get Involved: Contact Kate Rinehart Eskew: or (971) 678-3183

Thank You Kindly

Welcome New Members!
• Nicole & Michael Ulwelling
• Ellen & Jim Simmons
• Jim & Chris Pendergrass

Thank You Renewing Members!
• Ted Chu
• Karin & Peter Walczak
• Dale Cramer Burr
• Glenna Gray & Craig Mackie
• Maggie Rudy & Richard Alden

• Jane & Patrick Wannell 
• Juana Del Handy
• Elaine & John Hanby
• Sarah Reese
• Gwen & Alan Shusterman
• Sarah Crow
• Betty & Vincent Glaudin
• Bev & Dave Thompson
• Sara & Bill Tattam
• Judy Coleman
• Greta & Stan Kopec
• Patty Rinehart
• Tania Ursin
• Irene Kroner
• Minnie & Michael Stapleton
• Linda & Howard Franklin
• Emily Dana
• Linda Makohon
• Pamela & Ken Class

Thank You Business Members!
• Unfurl Clothing, an eco-fiber and planet-forward clothing boutique
• Blackbird, local, seasonal, fresh downtown dining
• Blanton & Son Construction LLC, the dutiful son you always wanted
• Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, an eclectic selection, just two blocks from Manzanita beach
• Columbia Bank, best possible service in community banking
• Diane Kay Gibson, CPA, individual, business and non-profit accounting since 1984
• Ecologic Tree, LLC, providing ecologically sound plant health care, from the ground up
• Finnesterre, a thoughtful selection of special goods
• Grounded Growth Counseling, licensed counseling for the community
• Hahn and Associates, Inc., Environmental Consultants
• Hans Tonjes, real estate broker
• Longevity Massage, heart-centered, therapeutic massage
• Sarah Smyth McIntosh/Law Manzanita, urban-level legal services at coastal rates
• Manzanita Rental Company, charismatic vacation homes
• Nehalem Bay Pottery, attractive, useful pottery for kitchen and home
• One Green World, unusual fruiting and ornamental trees from around the world
• The Pizza Garden, so much more than pizza!
• Rinehart Clinic, comprehensive, quality local health care 24/7
• Weichert Wellness LLC, the ideal medical practice

Thank You In-Kind Donors
• Dale Cramer Burr
• Jim & Chris Pendergrass
• Jeremy Sappington & Victoria Holt - for the beautiful habitat posters
• Allan & Madeline Olson
• Casey Storey & Carolyn Amos
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