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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself."
— Matsuo Basho

Patterns of holes in pasture grass at Alder Creek Farm 
photo by Judy Coleman | story by Vivi Tallman

Curious Sighting at the Farm

In our walks down the west side of Alder Creek Farm, Fred and I were noticing the pattern of little holes in the pasture grass that would appear and then become less distinct as the grass growth and weather erased them, reappearing on another day in a new place.  

Judy Coleman figured out through the master gardeners that the holes are the result of woodpeckers (probably flickers) feeding on crane fly larvae.  Interesting.

Northern Flickers Abound at Alder Creek Farm!

Yes, the Farm is a vibrant flicker habitat! On a recent tour of Alder Creek Farm, naturalist Jim Johnson spied 14 Northern Flickers! Here's his ebird list from that day

Our Events

LNCT Presents – Natural Wonders of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

Friday, February 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland
Please join us for an evening of informative conversation about seabirds, wildlife monitoring, and ocean conservation with Dick Vander Schaaf of Nature Conservancy, Joe Liebezeit of Portland Audubon Society, and Ryan Cruse of Surfrider Foundation. This free event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information click here or visit us on Facebook here

Behind the Emerald Curtain Coming to Manzanita

Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita

Lower Nehalem Community Trust will partner with Hoffman Center Film Series, Pacific Rivers, Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection (RBCWP) and North Coast Basin Coalition to host a screening of Shane Anderson's short documentary, Behind the Emerald Curtain. Pacific Rivers, which produced the movie, is a non-profit organization working to protect clean water and rivers by promoting healthy watersheds. Curtain chronicles forest practices and their effects on our local watersheds. Stay tuned for more information about an expert panel at this event. View the trailer here

Community Garden Notes

Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator

Pruning Workshop
Despite the snow and sleet on January 3, we had 14 hardy participants at the Pruning Workshop at Alder Creek Farm. The warmth of the greenhouse shielded us from the bitter cold as arborist and LNCT board secretary, David Sip, led us through the basics of pruning. We pruned our inside citrus trees for demonstration. When the weather subsided we ventured outside and applied our new knowledge to the orchard, pruning various fruit trees with the exception of large heritage trees. 

In a month we will prune the caneberries: blackberries and raspberries. Stay tuned for Trust and BBQ notices for dates and times if you would like to learn about berry care and plan to join us for this Alder Creek Farm adventure. 

Join Our Garden...

Community Garden Season Opens
Saturday, February 27

For more information about joining the community garden
at Alder Creek Farm this year
visit for an 
application & guidelines
or call (503) 368-3203

Stewardship News

Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator

Winter Stewarding
Lately our stewardship efforts have focussed on the continued effort to establish native shrubs at Zimmerman Marsh and planting riparian vegetation along Alder Creek at Sorrel Woods. We've also begun propagating twinberry and salmonberry shrubs from cuttings in our native plant nursery. These will be planted on various properties next winter. LNCT will pick up over 1,000 plants from the Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership this February, which will be planted at our Cedar Creek Marsh property, among others. Planting work at Elk Meadows Park will be resumed when heavy equipment trail development work is complete.

“Rain or Shine” Stewardship Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 10:00 am – noon
Meet at Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem

Community Partners


Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
Alix Lee, LNWC Coordinator

LNWC Speaker Series
February 11, 2016
6:30 PM Doors open – Refreshments
7:00 PM Council Updates
7:20 PM Presentation
8:30 PM Adjourn

Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

Bird Conservation in Oregon's Marine Reserve System: Furthering our understanding using citizen science
Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council as it welcomes Joe Liebezeit. Joe has worked for the Audubon Society of Portland since 2013 and manages their citizen science projects and a number of state-wide conservation efforts including ocean conservation work. Prior to his position with Portland Audubon, Joe worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. This event is FREE and open to the public. Learn more about Cape Falcon and the other Marine Reserves here  

Thank You Kindly

Thank You In-Kind Donors
• Lisa and Lionel Hathaway
• David and Toni Clay

Thank You Renewing Members!
• Eileen Corren
• Paula and Wiliam Peek

• Gloria and David Gostnell
• Wendy and Melvin Coughlin
• Mary Scibelli
• Karen Babbitt
• Susan Reinhardt
• Allison Asbjornsen

Thank You Renewing Business Member!
• Law Manzanita, Sarah Smyth McIntosh

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
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