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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

May 2017 eBulletin

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
~ Mary Oliver

Trust News

As the days grow longer, life at the Trust seems to get busier! We are so grateful for your generous support of our recent appeal to support Earth Day here on the North Coast.  In that appeal, Allan Olson, our president, wrote "It's time to act!”
To our e-Bulletin readers who are ready to act by contributing electronically, please use the Donate Button on the bottom of this bulletin. It will take you directly to our website for an electronic payment option.  Your generous action makes everything we do for our community possible.
And now, consider another enticement to act:  our 10th annual Living Locally promises to be everything we want it to be: an opportunity for friends and neighbors to enjoy good music, excellent food and drink, and a lively auction. 

We hope to see you there! Tickets will go on sale May 1st. 

Community Garden

Alder Creek Farm | 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem

Mid-April we hosted 52 youth, their teachers and principal of St. Mary’s of Medford Middle School for a very wet morning on the farm.  St. Mary’s comes annually to help LNCT fulfill its Mission, while preparing our garden for its growing season.  This year the focus was weeding and mulching our 50+ fruit trees while learning about how lands are set aside for preservation.
Why mulch our trees and shrubs at the coast?  Isn’t it always raining here?
Mulching is an easy way to cut down on water loss by plants and soil, and to slowly add nutrients back into the soil; and they affect soil acidity, water retention ability, and nutrient levels—all things that are important to good plant health. Healthy plants are best equipped to survive the dryer conditions.
St. Mary's School visits Alder Creek Farm
photo - Roxann Balmer
Self Service Plant Sale:  Did you miss the plant sale on April 29th?  No worries!  There are still veggie and herb starts to be found in the barn at ACF.  Please - checks only!  For prices, see the color tags in the plants, and matching pricing chart.
In magazine racks by May 1: the most recent issue of Oregon Coast Magazine has a multiple page feature article about our Trust, with photos of Alder Creek Farm and the Community Garden.  There is a nice “side bar” about the Explore Nature programming this Summer in Tillamook County. 

Explore Nature Program Launch

 LNCT’s mission includes a call to nurture conservation values in our community.   We have joined in partnership with several other Tillamook County based environmental organizations to provide unique experiences on our conservation lands, watersheds, public lands and beaches, and even Alder Creek Farm under the banner “Explore Nature”, each one focused on providing education about the natural world around us.   There are 40 different events that have been planned! Walks and hikes, nature viewing, and paddle experiences.
To find out more, including our collective calendar of events, check out the new Explore Nature Tillamook Coast website
We also have a Facebook site!  Please “like us” to receive announcements about events as they come up on the calendar, or new events are added.
There are 4 events in May!  Lichen Hike, a Kyak Tour, and Trust member Tammi Lesh will be leading a “Coastal Bird Habitat” talk on May 20th, at our Zimmerman Marsh property in Wheeler.  Enter the websites above for more information about these and our Summer events!


“Rain or Shine” Stewardship Work Parties
Every Wednesday | 10am to Noon
Meet at Alder Creek Farm
Max Broderick | Stewardship Coordinator

LNCT's Stewardship program focused its efforts on getting more native plant material in the ground at Sitka Wetlands, Zimmerman Marsh and Elk Meadows in April.  As May has arrived it is time to focus on preventing the proliferation of invasive species on our various properties. 

Regularly held work parties this month will focus on managing invasive species at Elk Meadows, Sitka Wetlands, Sorrel Woods as well as Zimmerman Marsh.  We'll also continue to conduct plant maintenance as necessary and work on removing cages that are ready to come down!"

Volunteers Don Taylor and Jack & Jane Anderson
plant wetland vegetation at Cedar Creek Marsh
photo - Max Broderick

Executive Director Search Begins!

The Lower Nehalem Community Trust is launching its search for a permanent part-time Executive Director.   Applicants should have background in non-profit management, experience in working with boards of directors, and proven success in both fund development and community engagement. Experience in conservation work is helpful, but not required.  To apply:  email cover letter introducing yourself and your qualifications for this position, your salary expectations and your current resume to:  LNCT Executive Search (  

Community Partner Events

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership will bring third grade students from Nehalem and Garibaldi elementary schools to its Down by the Creekside event at Alder Creek Farm on May 5th.  During this fun-filled day of experiential learning, students participate in a series of "hands-on" natural resource education activities in the field.  Sessions cover topics such as aquatic critters (Build-a-Bug), native and invasive plant identification (Plant Bingo and Riparian Art), habitat usage (Migration Headache and Skullduggery), and environmental stewardship (Chips-n-Dips).  
Now in its 15th year, Down by the Creekside is a four day event, held at various locations throughout Tillamook County, allowing all public and private schools 3rd graders to develop a sense of place and connect with the local environment in which they live.
Find out what you can do to support this program, and TEP.
Ocean Acidification and the Future of Oregon’s Coastal Ocean

Thank You Kindly!

Diane Kay Gibson, CPA has been serving the individuals, businesses and non-profits of the Oregon Coast since 1984.

We are grateful for having such a wonderful landlady who has been making contributions to LNCT since 2013.

Diane Kay Gibson
Certified Public Accountant
PO Box 446  |  532 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97130


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