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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

February 2017 eBulletin

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. — Anton Chekhov

LNCT Leads Estuary Cleanup

10th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup
Saturday, March 11  |7:30 am Orientation  |5 pm Celebration
  The Nehalem Estuary Cleanup happens just once every two years, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a day making a lasting difference in the beauty, safety, and habitat quality of our bay and estuary. The river needs us. A clean bay and estuary are not only good for salmon and wildlife, but also a healthy estuarine habitat does our region proud. Help us pick up assorted debris in every imaginable shape, size, and color, and you’ll also learn about our region’s ecology and the potential threats posed by marine debris.
  This event is proudly sponsored by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, with invaluable contributions from Oregon State Parks, North Coast Land Conservancy, CARTM, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Surfrider Foundation, and many more local businesses, organizations and community members.

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Planting at Elk Meadows Park
Saturday, February 4 |10 am - Noon

Max Broderick, LNCT Stewardship Coordinator
LNCT is hosting another Saturday work party at Elk Meadows on February 4th from 10 am to noon.  Meet onsite at the end of Neptune way in Bayside Gardens for a hands-on experience working in your neighborhood park.”
photo Max Broderick
Rain or Shine” Stewardship Work Parties
Every Wednesday in February  |10 am to Noon |Meet at Alder Creek Farm
  LNCT's stewardship group carried out a variety of work in January including planting native trees and shrubs at Elk Meadows Park and planting over 500 willows at Cedar Creek Marsh!  Projects that will be the focus of work in February include planting at Zimmerman Marsh, Elk Meadows Park, and more planting at Cedar Creek Marsh.
  Come join us on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at Alder Creek Farm to help our stewardship efforts.  Email stewardship coordinator Max Broderick, at, to be included in weekly reminders and updates about stewardship work with LNCT.

 Community Garden

"Weed and Feed"  Greenhouse and Garden Readiness
Saturday, February 4  |10 am to 1pm |Alder Creek Farm

Greenhouse Manager Bev Thompson will lead the team in washing windows, cleaning floors, and setting up seedling tables. Since our full greenhouse cleanup last year the team has kept things neat and clean so this should be a very easy task to accomplish.  Additional tasks in the garden will be available, as we ready the Community garden for the 2017 season.
  After our work session comes the “feed” portion of the “Weed and Feed” event. The team will go to a local eatery for a no-host meal or cup of coffee and dessert.
Dress appropriately for the outdoor winter weather and/or working in the unheated barn and greenhouse.
2017 Community Garden Startup
Saturday, February 25  |10 am to 1 pm  |Alder Creek Farm

  Kickoff the garden season with registration, plant family team training and meetings, and general planning. We will also begin our seed starting in the greenhouse.
  We are welcoming new gardeners again this year and hope to see many new faces come and enjoy the magic and beauty of the gardens at Alder Creek Farm.
  If you are interested in getting more information about joining the garden call the Trust office at 503-368-3203 or contact Karen Matthews at or visit our webite

Messages from the Board

10th Annual Living Locally Save the Date!
Saturday, June 3    Alder Creek Farm
Planning is currently underway for Living Locally, the Trust’s annual spring gala and fund raising event.  Last year we moved the event Alder Creek Farm.  People wandered with friends among the spring crops of the garden enjoying wine, fine food and music.  From there we adjourned to the festive setting of the barn for desert, awards and live auction.  
Please write June 3 on your calendar and protect this day for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment as you and so many others contribute to the important work that we do every year.
Memorial Celebration for Gareth Ferdun 
Sunday, March 5  
 Pine Grove Community House
The family of Gareth Ferdun invites you to join them in a memorial/celebration of his life.
Sunday, March 5 |1 to 3 pm at Pine Grove Community House – 225 Laneda, Manzanita, OR
Board Membership Announcement
  We are pleased to announce that one of the Trust’s founders, Doug Firstbrook, has rejoined the Board of Directors.  Doug brings to the Board the rich history and dedication of the founders and his unmatched personal commitment to conservation within this beautiful valley.
  Doug was a co-founder of the Nehalem Bay Little League, co-founder and chair (97-98) for Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and co-founder and Board member of Lower Nehalem Community Trust. He also served on the Manzanita Planning Commission. 

  Today he continues to work on the Nehalem Teaching Trail, and co-chairs the
semi-annual Nehalem Bay Estuary Cleanup.
  Doug’s knowledge and energy on behalf of the Trust has never faltered. He sees the Trust as an opportunity to engage community in the creative process of protecting local natural systems through collective involvement and time on the land.

Community Partner Events

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council

Speaker Series:
Thursday, February 9 | Doors Open 6:30 pm |Lecture begins at 7:20 pm
Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

Although estuaries have long been recognized as biologically productive places, their value as nursery habitat for juvenile salmon has not been fully appreciated until recently. The first comprehensive study of juvenile salmon in an Oregon tidal marsh began less than 20 years ago in the Salmon River estuary. Today millions of dollars are being spent each year to restore estuarine wetlands to support salmon recovery efforts on the coast and in the Columbia River. Now for the first time, researchers at Salmon River have quantified the direct contributions of estuary restoration to Chinook and Coho salmon populations. 

Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council in welcoming author and scientist Dan Bottom for a special presentation examining the science behind estuary wetlands restoration and the recovery of salmon populations.

Event Information: Refreshments and snacks will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Find more information on our speaker series

Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Celebrates 2016 Successes 

 The Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, a north coast-based volunteer organization, has been actively working to promote the marine reserve over the last year. The group benefits from the fiscal sponsorship of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust.  The Friends promoted the marine reserve at nearly 60 events in 2016!
  They rely on great community partners like the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, North Coast Land Conservancy, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and Haystack Rock Awareness Program.
  The Friends also work with The Nature Conservancy, The Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition-CoastWatch, Coast Range Association, and the Audubon Society of Portland.  Chrissy Smith, Outreach Coordinator, reports "These partnerships allow for a fuller story to be shared; one that captures the connection between our land and sea.” 
The public will have plenty of opportunities to learn about Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in 2017. The partners are building their schedule: lectures are scheduled for the next few months, another round of Audubon-led seabird counts will start up in May, and guided hikes are in development for summer months. “Thanks to funding from the Lazar Foundation, the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership, and Visit Tillamook Coast/ Economic Development Council of Tillamook County, the Friends will be creating a stronger online presence, translating outreach materials into Spanish, and finding new ways to interact with the public,” states Smith.
  For information about local marine reserve field trips, lectures, and volunteer opportunities, contact Chrissy Smith, Coordinator of the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve at, or connect via Facebook:

Thank You Kindly!

Welcome New Members
• Megan Ponder and Rob Elam

Thank You Renewing Members
• Des & Donna Kahrs

Thank You Business Members
• Unfurl Clothing, eco-fiber and planet-forward clothing boutique
• Ecologic Tree, LLC
• Blackbird, local, seasonal, fresh downtown dining
• Blanton & Son Construction LLC, the dutiful son you always wanted
• Coast Business Services
• 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.
• Erickson Excavating, Inc., advanced excavation
• 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
• Law Offices of Michael Manzulli
• Longevity Massage, heart-centered, therapeutic massage
• Sarah Smyth McIntosh/Law Manzanita, urban-level legal services at coastal rates
• Manzanita Rental Company, charismatic vacation homes
• Mohler Sand & Gravel
• 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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