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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

December 2016 eBulletin

All important ideas must include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers.
Excerpted from Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way, Mary Oliver (2016)

Ode to Volunteers Everywhere

A Park Takes Shape: Elk Meadows Planting Party on Saturday, November 12
Our thanks to the many volunteers who are our fuel, our inspiration for everything we do. Lucky, lucky are we to live in a community where volunteering is a way of life. And each and every one of you is our hero. You gave more than 5,000 hours of your time to LNCT in 2016. We are humbled by your generosity. Thank you for making conservation possible and for breathing life into all that we do together.

'Tis the Season ~ Give Today to LNCT

Our plans for 2017 include conserving two important marshes on the Nehalem Estuary, continuing our good works feeding families organic fruits and veggies from the community garden at Alder Creek Farm, and partnering to bring more and more conservation and land restoration to our community every year. We can't do this work without your help. Take a look at our annual letter to you and consider pledging your support today before the year's end. The difference you can make is just a click away.
photo Jim Johnson

Tomorrow Is Weed & Feed at Alder Creek Farm

All are welcome to our winter Weed & Feed series. We'll be performing winter chores in the community garden followed by a fun gathering at a local eatery for a no-host meal or cup of coffee and dessert. 

Please dress appropriately for outdoor winter weather and working in the unheated barn and greenhouse.
Tool Maintenance & Winter Garden Chores
Saturday, December 3 | 10am - 1pm
Learn alongside the garden volunteers how to prepare your tools for winter storage so they will be ready to go for the 2017 garden season. We'll also be working out in the garden doing winter chores as time allows. Feed venue: White Clover Grange Winter Market | Lunch offered 11am - 2pm

Orchard Pruning - Part One
Saturday, January 7 | 10am - 1pm
Join arborist and LNCT board member, David Sip, as he teaches the proper pruning of fruit trees. The Farm's trees, shrubs, small fruits and berries all need care during the dormant winter season. Bring your favorite pruning shears. Feed venue: TBD

Orchard Pruning - Part Two
Saturday, January 21 | 10am - 1pm
Finish up the pruning tasks. Feed venue: TBD

Saving Botts Marsh - Learn More

WHAT: Public Hearing on LNCT's Plans
to Conserve Botts Marsh
WHEN: December 6, 2016 | 4 - 5pm
Wheeler City Hall | 775 Nehalem Blvd. | Wheeler, OR 97147

Lower Nehalem Community Trust hopes to purchase 33 acres of wetland known as Botts Marsh on Nehalem Bay just north of Wheeler, Oregon. To find out more about this project, come to a public hearing next week. In case you missed it, here's a recent story about the project in the Tillamook Headlight Herald.

photo by Nancy Chase
As part of this conservation effort a grant request has been made to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). The Trust seeks support from its members for this grant request.

OWEB is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas. It will hold this hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the project. Your questions or comments about the grant application must be received by OWEB on or before January 9, 2017 and can be directed to:

Eric Williams, Grant Program Manager
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360
Salem, OR 97301-1290
(503) 986-0047

Written comments can also be emailed to OWEB, and must be received on or before January 9, 2017:

Contact LNCT board member Nancy Chase ( for more information about the Botts Marsh project.

At Long Last Ida's Mushroom Hike

Befriending the Fungal Kingdom - Mycologist Ida Gianopulos Leads Hikers at Oswald West
First we had to add a hike because the first one sold out overnight, and THEN we had to reschedule 40 hikers due to tornadoes and a typhoon! But finally we hit the trail on Saturday, November 12. The weather held brilliantly. We took notes! We scratched our heads! We bowed down to the dazzling fungal kingdom! Thank you, Ida!

Community Partner Events

Winter Market Tomorrow @ White Clover Grange

There is no better place to be tomorrow, December 3, than Nehalem, Oregon! Check out the Winter Market at the White Clover Grange.

It's a great place to see all your friends and neighbors, grab something yummy to eat, and support local farmers and artisans.

See you at the grange!
WHAT: Winter Market
WHEN: Saturday, December 3 | 10am - 4pm
WHERE: White Clover Grange |
36585 Highway 53 (2 miles east of Highway 101)

This holiday market will feature local farms as well as arts and crafts. Check out the list of vendors. Additionally, the White Clover Grange will host a fantastic hot lunch from 11am to 2pm in the cozy downstairs kitchen.

For a sneak peek visit the Manzanita Farmers Market on Facebook.

Thank You Kindly!

Thank You In-Kind Donors ~ It Takes a Village

• Our thanks to Tom Bender (LNCT co-founder) and Ecologic's David Sip (LNCT board member) for organizing tree planting for Manzanita on the day after Thanksgiving. More than 100 trees have been returned to tornado-ravaged Manzanita! 
• A big shout-out for donated trees goes to Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership and Kurt Heckeroth of the Bureau of Land Management. Also, thanks to the wonderful folks down at the Camp Tillamook school who helped Manzanita residents with replanting.

• Thanks to Celeste Lebo, Ben Cox, and Nehalem Bay State Park who donated shore pines they were saving for their own planting projects. Thanks for sharing trees with us!
Welcome New Members
• Susan Barker

Thank You Renewing Members
• Leigh Ann Hoffhines
• Kathie Raisler & Debra Bergquist
• Tom Taylor
• Allison Asbjornsen
• John Gage & Amy Kline
• Phyllis Thompson
• Monica Gianopulos
• Bill & Katherine Maloney

Thank You Business Members
• Blackbird, local, seasonal, fresh downtown dining
• Blanton & Son Construction LLC, the dutiful son you always wanted
• Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, the one and only independent bookstore in Tillamook County
• Columbia Bank, best possible service in community banking
• Diane Kay Gibson, CPA, individual, business and non-profit accounting since 1984
• Eisele Farms, Inc.
• Finnesterre, a thoughtful selection of special goods
• Grounded Growth Counseling, licensed counseling for the community
• Hahn and Associates, Inc., environmental consultants in assessment,
   investigation & remediation
• 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
• Oregon Coast Cannabis
• The Pizza Garden, so much more than pizza!
• Rinehart Clinic, comprehensive, quality local health care 24/7
• Susan Tone real estate broker, Remax Coastal Advantage 

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Monday - Thursday, 9am to 5pm
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