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Lower Nehalem Community Trust


April 2017 eBulletin

 
 The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it
~ Henry David Thoreau

Trust News

Earth Day and Living Locally
 
Sarah Johnson | Interim Executive Director
Winter along Oregon's north coast has its own particular mystique and beauty, but in our book, nothing can beat these early days of spring, when the days are longer and often brighter, the wind is not so sharp and bracing, the swallows magically begin to reappear, and the grass starts to grow again.  In nature, spring represents change and growth.  Organizationally, spring often brings clearer focus on the immediate work ahead. 
 
Clearer focus at LNCT this spring has led us to simplify our membership renewal process.  We are transitioning away from the practice of reminding you of your own personal  membership renewal date.  Instead, if your usual renewal date happens to be this spring, then just renew your membership through response to the upcoming appeal that celebrates Earth Day.  If you're already a current member, please consider a celebratory additional gift at this time. And, of course, if you want to join us for the first time, please do that, too, through response to our Earth Day Appeal.  Watch your mailboxes!   Our Stewardship Coordinator, Max Broderick, has a volunteer opportunity on Earth Day as well.  We invite you to join our Conservation focus in any way you can!
 
Our clearer organizational focus has now produced the first hints from the advance planning underway for our ever-popular LIVING LOCALLY gala event, scheduled for Saturday, June 3.  The party will again be held at our beloved Alder Creek Farm.  It will again feature festive drinks and music in the Community Garden. And then guests will enjoy a catered summer supper served in the Barn, followed by an enticing live auction. More details to come in our next e-Bulletins, including how to purchase tickets!  To be on the safe side, mark your calendars now for June 3.

Community Garden


COMMUNITY GARDEN ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Saturday April 29, 2-17
9am - 1pm
Alder Creek Farm | 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem

 
LNCT's annual plant sale has everything you need to start your 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.
 
JOIN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN
It’s not too late to join our Community Garden program.   Call 503-368-3203 or visit our website at www.nehalemtrust.org/alder-creek-farm/community-garden/ to see how you can join this season’s team.
March Happenings
Fire Mountain School
Roxann Balmer | Board Member
 
It’s not just elk or migrating birds that can be spotted when you are at Alder Creek Farm!  On March 6th, a group of Kindergarten to third graders toured and nibbled their way through our Community Garden.  We are fortunate to have a climate where kale, winter broccoli, herbs, and many root vegetables can be found in the garden at this time of year.  These knowledgeable mini-gardeners named virtually every plant but the Cornelian Cherry, seen blooming at the left of the their group photo.  
 
And while the dirt was only 40 degrees (and the air not much warmer!), they learned it’s time to plant your peas!  The kids took home freshly potted sugar snap pea seeds, and instructions on finding just the right spot in the yard to grow a pea vine that will grow taller than Mom and Dad.
Fire Mountain School visits Alder Creek Farm
photo - Roxann Balmer

Stewardship

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


Last month our stewardship program was busy!  Volunteers helped finish the restoration work at Cedar Creek Marsh.  In all 1,500 willows, 1000 trees, shrubs and wetland vegetation were planted on the site! 
 
We look forward to April to conduct more invasive species management work, as well as to begin to monitor our properties.  Please contact Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator, at max@nehalemtrust.org if you are interested in volunteering.
 
Earth Day Stewardship Work Party
April 22 | 10 am - Noon
Meet at Alder Creek Farm
 
LNCT will be hosting an Earth Day Event Alder Creek Farm!  Participants can expect to take a short tour of the Farm and work outdoors on a variety of projects including nursery care and invasive species management!  We hope to see you there!
Americorps to the Rescue!
 
LNCT’s Stewardship efforts were blessed by the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) from Americorps, who worked on tough projects like digging blackberry and pulling scotch broom on various Trust properties for 5 full days! 

Nehalem Teaching Trail

Doug Firstbrook | Board Member
With a great deal of help from our AmeriCorps friends, and some guidance from volunteer Judith Jones, the Teaching Trail got some sprucing in time for Spring. Hard working with good attitude describes the tenor of their engagement with LNCT.  From blackberry removal to re-chipping the Trail bed, these young folks worked, conversed and laughed their way through some wet and windy conditions.  We are grateful for their efforts and hold them in high regard. They remind us for whom we do our work and in whom we find hope.

Americorps volunteers at Alder Creek Farm
Joe Capellupo, Raisa Koch, Darren Wilber
Lauren Howland, Lyrik Loeper
photo - Roxann Balmer
And if all that digging, pulling, and wheelbarrow pushing wasn’t enough, this group joined the Estuary Bay Clean Up effort on March 11th!   What a team.
 
Our thanks too, to Celeste Lebo of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, who included the Trust’s Stewardship work in her Project/Service Application to Americorps that resulted in this resource being available.  THANK YOU!

Explore Nature

Last year, LNCT joined Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Friends of Cape Falcon and others to compile a single calendar of our public events.  The program was then marketed under the banner “Explore Nature”, and our marketing and promotion costs were covered under a Visit Tillamook Coast tourism grant.
 
This year the program returns with more participating organizations, and more events!  There will be nearly 40 events covering Spring through Fall, opportunities to walk or hike in conserved land parcels, guided bird watching, kayaking.  All events share a theme, “Education through Recreation”.
 
We will send out an email when the full program website launches.  Meantime, the events being hosted by LNCT can be found on our Trust calendar and the broader program can be found at the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership website 

 

Community Partner Events

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve
 
The Spring 2017 Newsletter is available!  If you’ve not received it in your in-box, then follow the links to find the edition.  This beautifully crafted newsletter provides a recap of the successes this organization is experiencing, provides important information about our Marine Reserves, and includes some very exciting events happening in the North Coast. 
Here is a quick recap of events:
• April 1 Necanicum Bird Day
• May 6 Black Oystercatchers Project
• May 7 Brown Pelican Monitoring Project
 
There are more events in the newsletter.  To receive notifications on these and other events, sign up on the Friends Facebook too!
 
For more information about Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve please visit us on the web.

Thank You Kindly!


We would like to thank the generous folks of Unfurl for their on-going support of our Trust.  Owners Judson Moore and Suzy Freeman have been business members of the Trust since 2012.
A proud member of 1% for the Planet, Unfurl raises thousands of dollars each year through its sales to support three local environmental passions: wildlife, land preservation and recycling.
 
Find out more about this outstanding local business and Trust supporter on their website.

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