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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

March 2017 eBulletin

“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

Messages from the Board

LNCT in Transition
Allan Olson
The Board has contracted with Sarah Johnson to work as our Interim Executive Director.  During the next 4 months Sarah will focus primarily on the development and fund raising practices of the Trust. In addition, she will work on board development, and organizational effectiveness. Sarah comes to us with a great deal of experience working with non-profits in Portland and on the coast, specifically with the other major not-for-profits in this area.  For example, in recent years Sarah has worked with CARTM, Mudd-Nick Foundation, Food Roots, the Hoffman Center, and facilitated the Trust's strategic planning process in 2013. 
In addition to Sarah, we are contracting with Samantha Ferber to work with Sarah as interim assistant. Many of you know Samantha in her role as Board Chair of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council or from her role as Program Coordinator for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.  We are honored to have these two talented people working with us during this period of transition between permanent Executive Directors.

Biennial Estuary Cleanup - Time to Register

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.

More information and registration for the 2017 Nehalem estuary cleanup

John Morris & John Cottrell collect debris at Dean's Point, Nehalem
~ photo Doug Firstbrook


Elk Meadows Work Party
Saturday/ March 18, 2017
10am to Noon
Meet at Elk Meadows
  LNCT is hosting another Saturday work party at Elk Meadows on March 18th from 10 a.m. to noon.  Meet onsite at the end of Neptune Way in Bayside Gardens for a hands-on experience working in your neighborhood park.
  Stay tuned for an announcement on an Earth Day work party on April 22nd!
Elk at Cedar Creek Marsh ~ 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 is wrapping up a restoration project at Cedar Creek Marsh this month after planting over 1000 trees, shrubs and grasses in order to restore this wetland parcel.  Our focus will move toward Zimmerman Marsh in March where we will continue to establish native plant communities where blackberry once dominated.  
 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

Community Garden Plant Sale
Saturday April 29, 2017
9am - 1pm
Alder Creek Farm
  Get your garden off to a quick and healthy start this season. Always a favorite with local gardeners, the annual plant sale at Lower Nehalem Community Trust is set for Saturday, April 29th from 9am to 1 pm. The event is a fundraiser to support the Community Garden in its effort to grow, learn, and share with the community.
   LNCT's annual vegetable plant sale has everything you need to start your veggie garden. Plan to arrive early for the best selection of favorites like tomatoes, broccoli, squash, lettuce, basil, herbs and flowers. All plant varieties are selected to thrive in our cool coastal gardens.
   "The benefits of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower gardening cannot be underestimated," said Karen Matthews, LNCT Garden Coordinator. "Not only do gardeners get the enjoyment of planting, tending, harvesting and consuming, but the blossoms provide habitat for native pollinators of all kinds. We love inspiring our community to grow their own food and enjoy the beauty of a garden."  Now more than ever a self sustainable nourishing garden is key to the health and well being of your family.
   LNCT's annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Trust’s Community Garden Program that grows food for the Food Bank, Senior Center and the Community Garden members. Now beginning the 12th seasons of growing, the program is accepting new members of the community who want to learn how to garden, and share in the bounty with fellow gardeners...
   To learn more about the Plant Sale or Community Garden program call 503-368-3203 or visit our website at

Community Partner Events

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council

Blue Heron ~ photo Paul Atwood

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Pine Grove Community House (225 Laneda Ave) in Manzanita
6:30 pm for refreshments
Presentation 7:20 pm
Lower Nehalem Watershed Council update

  Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council in welcoming Paul Atwood, Assistant District Wildlife Biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, for a presentation exploring some of the common wildlife region estuaries, including Nehalem Bay and the habitats that each species relies on. Many species utilize a variety of different habitats, while others require very specific habitats to meet their needs. This event is part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s Speaker Series.
  Join us at the Pine Grove Community House each 2nd Thursday in January – May, October and November for natural resource focused presentations. Some of the featured topics for 2017 include salmon recovery, estuary restoration and ocean acidification.
  Event Information: Refreshments and snacks will be served.This event is FREE and open to the public. Find more information on our speaker series on our Facebook page (

Thank You Kindly!

In-kind donation
• Alan Jacobson - self-propelled lawnmower

Welcome New Members
• Becca Barbalato
• Bruce Casler & Nancy Hoffman
• Heidi D. Olejnik, D.C.
• Jill Hanson
• Sue Wilson
• Robyn McGlade
• Annie Thompson

Thank You Renewing Members
• Louise Christianson
• Lark Miller
• Renee Delight LaTorre
• Janice Soots
• John Morris
• Joann Benningfield
• Cathy Tinker
• Autumn Roulan
• Judy Coleman
• Barb Edwardson
• Bev & David Thompson

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
• J Thomas Ayres, Architect
• Law Offices of Michael Manzulli
• Longevity Massage, heart-centered, therapeutic massage
• Sarah Smyth McIntosh/Law Manzanita, urban-level legal services at coastal rates
• Manzanita Beach Getaway 

• 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

Office Hours @ 532 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita

Monday - Thursday, 9am to 5pm
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