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Lower Nehalem Community Trust
MARCH 2016

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
— Margaret Atwood

Community Garden at Alder Creek Farm | photo by Mike Patterson

Pollinators in February!

Mike Patterson took a trip to Alder Creek Farm in early February and snapped some great photos of pollinators. Not a typical winter’s day on the North Oregon Coast — 65° and sunny with an easterly wind. For more information and stunning photos visit his blog here

Our Events

Join Us!
Fundraiser, Feast & Auction New at Alder Creek Farm

Living Locally 2016
Saturday, June, 4
Alder Creek Farm  35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem

Watch for tickets on sale soon

Call for Silent Auction Donations

Are you an artist concerned about the health of the environment?  Do you have a service to offer or a special treasure to donate? Here's an opportunity to wield your passion in support of healthy local ecosystems, conservation, and restoration of land and wetlands for the benefit of all species. We are seeking donations for LNCT's silent auction at Living Locally 2016.

If you are interested, please contact us at or (503) 368-3203.
We can't wait to be inspired!

Our News

2016 Ferdun Conservation Award 

Send Your Nominations...Deadline is April 1
The Ferdun Conservation Award recognizes outstanding contributions to conservation in our community. Nominations for the 2016 award are currently being accepted.
LNCT’s board of directors will review all submissions and select this year’s winner who will be honored at Living Locally. 

Please send your nominee's name and story to with Ferdun Conservation Award in the subject line. 

Stewardship News

Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator

Maintaining LNCT Lands
Stewardship has been focused on catching up, developing, and implementing management strategies and plans for our recent acquisitions: Sorrel Woods, Vosburg Creek Uplands, Sitka Wetlands Complex expansion, and Neahkahnie Creek. We've also broken ground on our Cedar Creek Restoration project funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and in partnership with the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council! We have over 1,000 plants from the Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership to place at Cedar Creek and other LNCT land holdings in the coming months!  Come Join us any Wednesday!

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

Community Garden Notes

Karen Matthews, Community Garden Coordinator

Spring Cleaning?
Does your garage or shop need some cleaning?  If so, and you find any extra items on our list, we would be happy to “adopt” the materials and give you a receipt for your donation. So it is a win-win situation; you get rid of your un-used items, de-clutter your space and put the item(s) to good use. And we get materials for our projects at Alder Creek Farm. And, it is gentler on our Earth to reuse rather than recycle!
Here is what we need:

2x2's     6 foot length or more.
2x4's     6 foot length or more.
4x4's     6 foot length or more.
Plywood - 4x8 sheet -5/8 inch, good one side
Plywood - any thickness – 2’ x 4’ or larger
Table saw
Wheelbarrows and new replacement parts
30W motor oil
Good working self-propelled lawnmower
WD40 or equivalent
Dremel Tool Set
Electric Power Washer
Drill bit set - new - for metal
Complete socket set - both sae and metric
New garden hoses - 50 foot -  5/8 inch
Electrical ties - various sizes
Sump pump 1/4 hp sump pump anticlog
5HP Shop Vac

Ok, maybe the cookies are a want not a need….but we do have some garden volunteers who will work for cookies! Call the Trust office (503) 368-3203 to arrange for drop off.

Community Garden at Alder Creek Farm Welcomes 3 New Ducks!
Everyone is getting along swimmingly! We have a great video clip to share here.

Alder Creek Farm Update

The End of an Era
Milking Parlor Comes Down | photo by Max Broderick
When Mr. William Anderson built his milking parlor at Alder Creek Farm in the early 1960s, it was the first of its kind in the area. The big innovation was the parlor allowed the farmer to stand in a trough below the cow for milking, rather than crouched seated at the cow's side. During the intervening years time and weather took their toll on the old milking parlor, and now thanks to an amazing group of expert contractors, we have cleared the path for something new.  

On Wednesday, February 17 Tony Erickson of Erickson Excavating, Bret Smith from Mohler Sand and Gravel, and Ryan Vandercovering of Advanced Excavation helped with demolition of the milking parlor and trucking. Thank you for this incredibly generous gift! And our thanks, too, to Allan Olson and Jim Pendergrass for their help on the ground. Without the old building, a new view of Alder Creek Farm's uplands has opened up.

Community Partners


Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 
3:00 - 5:00 PM 

Nehalem City Council Chambers - 35900 8th St., Nehalem

Please join the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council for its next Council meeting to review current and upcoming projects. For more information visit us on Facebook.

LNWC Speaker Series
Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:30 PM Refreshments
7:00 PM Council Updates
7:20 PM Presentation

Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave., Manzanita

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will welcome York Johnson, North Coast Basin Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a presentation on water quality. His presentation will focus on water quality data collected by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and DEQ in the Nehalem Watershed. 

Guided Wildflower Hike
Native Plant Society of Oregon
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30 am
Registration Required

Spring has arrived and Tillamook Forest Center is delighted to host a forest wildflower hike led by naturalist Hope Stanton. Join members from the Seaside Filipendula chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon for an easy guided walk searching for blooming flora. Trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, and more may offer splashes of color along the trail. For more information click here.

Registration is required, and deadline is Wednesday, March 18th. Please call 503-815-6803, stop by the Center, or email the names of registrants to reserve your place(s). Space is limited.
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Thank You Kindly

Thank You In-Kind Donors
• Tony Erickson - Erickson Excavating
• Bret Smith - Mohler Sand and Gravel
• Ryan Vandercovering - Advanced Excavation
• James Raymond McIntyre - 3 Khaki Campbell ducks
• Jim Pendergrass
• Allan & Madeline Olson

Thank You Renewing Members!
• Katja Beisanz
• Vicki Duffy
• Joanne Benningfield
• Deb DeWit & Carl Vandervoort
• Autumn Roulan
• Diane Ericson
• Renee Delight LaTorre
• Randi Love
• Karen Olson
• Mary Ruhl
• Kirby Voos
• Nancy Webster
• Lark Miller
• Janice Soots
• Suzy Berns

Thank You to Our New Member!
• John Morris
• James Johnson

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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