Lower Nehalem Community Trust e-Bulletin

Season’s greetings to all our friends in community conservation!  Please join us this Friday to celebrate the holidays and share in gratitude for all we’ve accomplished together in 2015.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together 
that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu
December 2015

We keep forgetting to mention there will be door prizes at Friday’s h0liday gathering!  Generous donations from sponsors include tickets to Portland Center Stage, dinner or lunch at the Oregon Culinary Institute, and Nehalem Bay Pottery.  Simply join us to be eligible to win!
Considering a Stock Donation to LNCT?
Here's a terrific way to invest in the legacy of conservation and reduce your 2015 tax bill: a donation to LNCT of stock you acquired at a low cost.  There are several advantages...the capital gains taxes on the shares are avoided; a tax deduction based on the full value of the appreciated stock is created; and LNCT benefits!  It's a winning proposition all around.
The donation is easy with transfers made directly to LNCT's Schwab brokerage account.  Call our Treasurer, Jim Pendergrass (514.915.1502) for stock, mutual fund, and fixed income transfer instructions.  Consult your tax advisor for advice specific to your situation.
STEWARDSHIP NEWS ~ by Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator
LNCT's stewardship program is working closely with the Wilson River School's Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
For the last few weeks and through the end of this month the high school students of Wilson River School are working enthusiastically with LNCT land stewards in the field.   They are very engaged in learning about LNCT's conservation work.
We're beginning some of our planting efforts now that the rain is here and the days are shorter.  We'll focus our first planting efforts in the coming year on Zimmerman Marsh and Sorrel Woods before moving onto Cedar Creek in February.
Stewardship “Rain or Shine” Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 10:00 am – noon
Meet at Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem
See you on the land!
COMMUNITY GARDEN NOTES ~ by Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator
On November 8 we held the last of the school fall field trips.  We hosted 120 kids over the course of three days and had tons of fun learning about the life cycle of plants, their smells, appearances, and textures.  We also learned about some uses of herbs.  We visited the ducks, and inspected soil life up close under a microscope.  Garden volunteers joined in the teaching fun – thank you Randi, Bev, Mary, and Monica!
Fall vegetables and pumpkins are plentiful at the Farm, and the Thanksgiving harvest to benefit the North County Food Bank was bountiful.
Community Partners
North Coast Diaries
Do you know Alder Creek Farm is a stop on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail?  Local biologist and educator, Mike Patterson of Astoria owns Celata Research Associates, which specializes in ecological reconnaissance, inventory, and restoration.  He has published many reports about local biology, and his North Coast Diaries blog includes gorgeous photography of birds recently sighted at Alder Creek Farm (a.k.a. Sparrow City) posted on November 3.  In less than two hours, Mike spied 37 bird species.  Visit
Alternative Gift Market
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pinegrove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
The Alternative Gift Market gives shoppers the opportunity to contribute to both local nonprofits and projects around the world.  This holiday give the gift of conservation and look for LNCT on the Alternative Gift Market shopping list.  Donors get festive gift cards to acknowledge with family and friends that a gift was made in their name to a benefit cause.  Soup and bread will be served.  The event is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources, whose mission is to create sustainability in north Tillamook County.  For more information, call (503) 368-6874 or visit
Necanicum Watershed Council Holiday Meeting
Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway Street, Seaside
November and December meetings will be combined this month.  There will be a potluck at vice chair Pat Wollner's house.  For more information visit
Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Meeting
Wednesday, December 2,
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nehalem City Hall Council Chambers
35900 8th Street, Nehalem
Please join LNWC for its next Council meeting to review current and upcoming projects, discuss Board of Directors elections, and plan for the upcoming year.  Are you interested in helping guide the Watershed Council in 2016?  LNWC is seeking applications for Board of Directors membership.  Please apply by December 15, 2015.  For additional information, contact the Council Coordinator Alix Lee at (503) 368-7424 or
Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Speaker Event
Thursday, December 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:30 p.m. • Refreshments 7:00 p.m. • Council updates & speaker follow
Pinegrove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
Please join the LNWC for their Speaker Series.  This event is free and open to the public.  Find more information on Facebook file://localhost/(https/
Upper Left Edge Article Explores Nehalem River Valley Logging: Women Talk Forest
Writer, educator, and naturalist Gwendolyn Endicott discusses proposed logging of the Homesteader Tract.  Visit
Ecola Creek Watershed Council Meeting
Monday, December 21, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Cannon Beach City Hall, 163 East Gower Street, Cannon Beach
Please join us for the monthly meeting of the Ecola Creek Watershed Council.
Happy Marine Reserve!  Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in effect Friday, January 1, 2016!
For more information visit
Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve
There will be two free kick-off celebrations with music, food & drinks, information about the marine reserve, and family-friendly activities.  Everyone is invited!  For more information, contact coordinator Chrissy Smith at
  • Saturday, January 16, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
  • Saturday, January 30, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Cannon Beach Community Hall, 207 North Spruce Street, Cannon Beach
LNCT Presents – Natural Wonders of Cape Falcon
Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland
Please join us for an evening of conversation with Dick Vander Schaaf of Nature Conservancy, Joe Liebezeit of Portland Audubon Society, and Ryan Cruse of Surfrider Foundation as they discuss ocean conservation, seabirds, and wildlife monitoring.
This free event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
For more information please visit:
Wishes do come true with the help of our generous in-kind donors.  We dedicate this month's special thanks to the following November in-kind donors ~ thank you!
  • Susan Tone – Coffee urns for Alder Creek Farm
Every member is a seed planted ~ thank you! 
Welcome New Members!
• Floyd Skloot and Beverly Hallberg
• Don Mackie and Becky Smith
Thank You Renewing Members!
• Vicki Duffy
• Mary Ruhl
• June Baumler & Ralph Dobiejko
• Marilyn Beach
• Marvin & Evelyn Vonfeldt
• Paul & Kitty Box
• Rick & Janet Anderson
• Tom Sandoz
• Phyllis Thompson
• Sandra Miler
• Bill & Katherine Maloney
• Fred Kassab & Andrew Barker
• Tom & Colleen Bridges
• Lisa & Lionel Hathaway
• James & Renate Powell
• Sarah Crow
• Mary Corey
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 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
The Pizza Garden, so much more than pizza!
Rinehart Clinic, comprehensive, quality local health care 24/7
Weichert Wellness LLC, the ideal medical practice
Dale Cramer Burr, Executive Director,
Robert Wynia, Development Director,
Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator,
Maxwell Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator,
Mary Corey, Office Manager,
Board of Directors
Nancy Chase
Allan Olson, Chair
Jim Pendergrass, Treasurer
Jeremy Sappington
David Sip, Secretary
Casey M. Storey
Committee Leaders
Casey Storey & Robert Wynia, Development
Gareth Ferdun, Lands
Chip Hall & Maxwell Broderick, Stewardship
Karen Matthews, Community Garden
Allan Olson & Bruce Thompson, Finance
Gary Seelig, Education
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Lower Nehalem Community Trust • (503) 368-3203 •
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 496, Manzanita, OR 97130-0496