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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

September 2016 eBulletin

Above all I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful
 planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure
– from Gratitude by Oliver Sachs (2015)


Come One, Come All to the Harvest Festival!

photo Adelaido Bautista

14th Annual Harvest Festival at Alder Creek Farm
35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem
Saturday, October 1, noon to 4:00 pm
Walk, cycle or ride the free shuttle ~ to see how click on the map below

Are you ready for an afternoon of learning & fun on the Farm?

Talking Tree ~ Hands-on Sessions for All Ages
12:30 – 1:30 It’s a Bug’s Life by Kim Miller, Nehalem Elementary School
1:45 – 2:15 All About Dirt by Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator, LNCT
2:30 – 3:00 Discovering Cape Falcon Marine Reserve by Chrissy Smith, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

Nonstop Fun All Afternoon 
KidZone hosted by North County Recreation District staff | Live music by Nehalem Bay AllStars | Cider pressing | Horse & pony rides by Nehalem Bay Horse Excursions & Pony Rides | Apple slingshot | Farmers' Market produce, local products & yummy lunch | Wine & local beer | Baked goods

12:30 Community Garden
1:00 Natural Area & Wildlife Sanctuary
2:00 Nehalem Teaching Trail
2:00 Community Garden
3:00 Native Plant Walk
3:30 Community Garden
Call for Festival Volunteers
It's not too late to help out behind the scenes! Email us at

• Set up
• Clean up
• Baking desserts
• Hosting LNCT tables and activities
• Hosting the bake sale or cider pressing
• Parking
• Shuttle bus ambassadors
• Posting flyers in Tillamook & Clatsop counties
• Creating signs

Spreadwing Damselflies at Alder Creek Farm

by Jim Johnson
This summer I found two species of Lestes (spreadwing damselflies) in Tillamook County that were not previously recorded! Those were Northern Spreadwing (L. disjunctus) and Lyre-tipped Spreadwing (L. unguiculatus). Neither was a surprise.

Spreadwing Damselfly - photo Jim Johnson
Recently while checking out the odonate activity at Alder Creek Farm, I found what must be a male Sweetflag Spreadwing (L. forcipatus). Males are extremely similar to male Northern Spreadwing while females are super easy to identify because of their extra large ovipositor (the reverse of what's typical among damselflies). I only found one male, but in-hand examination convinces me that it was a Sweetflag.

No females were found, so the pond at Alder Creek may not be their source. Instead, they might be drifting in from somewhere else. I'm pretty certain another male I photographed at Alder Creek Farm a couple of weeks ago was the same species, but since it wasn't inspected in-hand, I assumed it was a Northern Spreadwing. I now assume it was another Sweetflag.

Previously within Oregon, Sweetflag Spreadwings were only known from sites in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains. I expected to find the species elsewhere across northern Oregon since it gets pretty close in Skamania, Clark, and Wahkiakum counties in Washington. But so far I wasn't able to find it until this find at Alder Creek Farm. 

View more Alder Creek Farm discoveries on iNaturalist.
More Upcoming Events

Emerald Necklace Tour with Max Broderick

photo Max Broderick
Saturday, September 10
10:00 am | ~2 mile hike in easy to moderate terrain
Meet at the end of Tohl Road in Bayside Gardens, Nehalem
Free event; no preregistration required

Join Lower Nehalem Community Trust's Stewardship Coordinator, Max Broderick, for a tour of LNCT’s conservation lands along Nehalem Bay's scenic north edge. This string of parcels is dubbed the emerald necklace because it has beaded together some amazing natural habitats to protect important wetlands, vistas, green space, and waterways, which are crucial to the well being of all who inhabit this special region—fish, wildlife, and people alike.
The last stop on the tour is Elk Meadows, LNCT’s partnership project with the City of Manzanita. Elk Meadows, a neighborhood nature park, features a winding trail, stands of alder trees, and a sweet wetlands. Also, in the park there is a wooded uplands full of healthy forested habitat perfect for blacktail deer and pileated woodpeckers. 

Come learn about how conservation makes a difference, and experience its benefits by enjoying it with Max.
Dogs are not permitted on the tour. All ages are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars for an up close look at wildlife. Also, wear hiking boots as there may be walking through wet areas. Note that bathroom facilities are not readily available on this tour.

Community Garden Open House

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am to noon
Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem
free event; no preregistration required

Experience a taste of gardening, and join us for a morning working in our organic community garden. Master gardener lesson begins at 10:00 am. Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.

LNCT @ Manzanita Farmers' Market

Friday, September 16, 4 - 7 pm (please note the shorter market!)
5th Street @ Laneda Avenue

Stop by and say hello at our booth. Nehalem Bay Pottery and goodies from our garden are available for sale. All proceeds benefit our work.

New Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm

Thank You Kindly!

Thank You In-Kind Donors
• Ray Shackelford & the Nehalem Bay Winery team for their generous donation of
   folding chairs for Alder Creek Farm

Welcome New Members!
• Kathryn & Michael Rulli
• Mark Allred
• David Johnson
• Renee & Christopher Cline

Thank You Renewing Members!
• Cathy Tinker
• Imie Camelli
• Allan Jacobson
• Lane Stevens
• Sandra & Wayne Ericksen
• Hope Stanton & David Graves
• Judy Holmes
• Julie & Ryan Kinstedt
• Lane deMoll
• Susan St. John
• Sandra Polishuk
• Donna & Don Osborne

Thank You New Business Members!
• Eisele Farms, Inc.

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
• Eisele Farms, Inc.
• 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
• Oregon Coast Cannabis
• The Pizza Garden, so much more than pizza!
• Rinehart Clinic, comprehensive, quality local health care 24/7
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