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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

January 2017 eBulletin

“Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thank you Gareth Ferdun

Gareth on the land  - photo Gary Seelig
On December 26, 2016 we lost Gareth Ferdun.
His life is a testimony of how a person and a person's ideas can help
change the face of community.

In the words of Lisa Phipps, "He was a force to be reckoned with."
We will be forever indebted to his passion, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity.

 We will miss you Gareth!

A celebratory memorial service will be held later this spring,
date and location to be announced. 

Additional information about Gareth

Memorial donations may be sent to Lower Nehalem Community Trust
PO Box 496, Mazanita, OR 97130

2017 Brings Exciting Opportunities

Message from the Board

Allan Olson, LNCT Board President
In mid-September, Dale Cramer Burr, Executive Director, informed the Board that she would leave the Trust the end of December. True to her nature, Dale has been very helpful to the Board and staff in getting ready for this transition. This next stage will build on the shoulders of her work of increased organizational maturity, strength and quality.  As we move forward, we will be reminded of the quality and contributions Dale made during her tenure with us. Thank you Dale for the lasting contributions you have made to the Trust.
 As we look forward, the Board will take its time in filling the Executive Director role permanently.  For the  past few weeks a Board committee has been interviewing candidates to assist the Trust in a transition role and will bring our recommendations to the Board in January. 
 In the meantime, Board members have assumed many of the important organizational functions that will make the transition smooth and strengthen the Lower Nehalem Community Trust in years to come.

Annual Appeal

Jim Pendergrass, LNCT Board Treasurer
As a new Board member and Treasurer in 2016 it’s been fun to be part of such an exciting year for LNCT and its partners. From the acquisition of the beautiful Neahkahnie Creek parcel to the prosperous year at the Alder Creek Farm garden and the launch of our new website we have been honored by your support. Your generous contribution to our Annual Appeal, which kicked off in December, is a cornerstone of our financial sustainability. And it’s not too late to make a donation to the Appeal right now, perhaps even in the form of stock that has benefited from the market’s strength. 
 The Trust operates largely on the combination of memberships, the Annual Appeal, and select events like Living Locally. We have a significant opportunity to protect Botts Marsh in the Nehalem Estuary in 2017, and we’re planning the future of Alder Creek Farm.  Your support has brought us to where we are today, and your continued support is what makes the future possible. I’m enthusiastic to be part of that future, and I hope you are too!

Acquisition Update — Botts Marsh

Nancy Chase, LNCT Board Member
 LNCT’s efforts to acquire Botts Marsh moved one step closer to reality with a successful public meeting in December.  The meeting, held by staff from Oregon State Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and hosted in Wheeler, focused on whether there was community support for the Trust application for Acquisition Grant Funds.
 The State received over 60 emails in support prior to the meeting and more than 15 residents testified regarding the value of the Botts Marsh and the need to protect it in perpetuity.
OWEB will make a decision on the grant in late April of 2017.  The grant would provide the Trust with 75% of the funds needed for the property.
 Remaining funding will be sought through community fund raising and additional grants.
If you would like more information on this project or would like to volunteer help please contact Board Member Nancy Chase (
Read more about the December meeting.


Jane & Jack Anderson, and Max planting willows
Planting at Elk Meadows Park
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 4
, 2017
10am - Noon
Max Broderick, LNCT Stewardship Coordinator
The Stewardship of LNCT’s conservation holdings is a year-round undertaking.  In 2016 we planted trees and shrubs, built protective cages and fences, repaired existing cages and removed invasive species on all of our properties. Join us on Saturdays, January 14th and February 4th for work parties to help establish native plants at our newest park! Elk Meadows Park is located at the end of Neptune Way in Nehalem. Make a right off of Bayside Gardens Road onto Neptune Way. Drive to the end of the street to Elk Meadows Park.

“Rain or Shine” Weekly Stewardship Work Parties
Every Wednesday / 10am - Noon
Alder Creek Farm

Our focus for January’s work parties will include continuing planting and caging native trees and shrubs at Elk Meadows. Contact Max Broderick, Stewardship Coordinator for the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, if you’d like to receive email notifications of other work party opportunities. 

 Community Garden
KMUN Coast Radio "In Season"

Interview with Karen Matthews
“In Season” puts the focus on Alder Creek Farm’s Community Garden
“In Season” program host Teresa Retzlaff interviews gardeners, farmers, ecologists, biologists and the like twice each month for her program, which airs Tuesdays at 9:30 am.  This week she interviewed our own Karen Matthews about the origins of Alder Creek Farm’s Community Garden and Lower Nehalem Community Trust where it all began. If you missed the airing, listen to the podcast

Community Partner Events

Recycle your Christmas Tree for Conservation!
A message from Alix Lee, coordinator – Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
Wondering what to do with your Christmas Tree? You can put your tree to work for fish! Watershed Councils along the north Oregon coast are once again teaming with Trout Unlimited, local Boy Scout Troop 642, CARTM and the North Coast Land Conservancy to repurpose Christmas greenery for nature. Local groups such as Lower Nehalem Community Trust will place the trees in appropriate locations and let nature do its thing (stay tuned for stewardship opportunities TBA). The trees provide critical cover from predators and when foliage becomes covered with algae it attracts insects providing food for salmon.
 Nehalem Area Drop off: Trees can be dropped off at CARTM (34995 Necarney City Rd, Manzanita, OR 97130) for no charge to the public between December 29th and January 15th during CARTM's normal business hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Please be sure that trees are free of tinsel, flocking and all ornaments!

MidCoast Watersheds Coucil

Public Lecture: Conserving Tidal Wetlands for the Future
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 1 -3 pm
Department of Forestry Office - 505 3rd Street, Tillamook

Director of the Estuary Technical Group at the Institute for Applied Ecology Laura Brophy to present the results of the modeling that was done on the potential impacts of sea level rise to the tidal wetlands in the Necanicum, Nehalem, Tillamook, Netarts, Sand Lake,and Nestucca estuaries.
 This latest project funded by OWEB and the USFWS Coastal Program and managed by the MidCoast Watersheds Council, will provide another tool that practitioners may use in local restoration and conservation work.  
 LNCT has frequently referenced Ms. Brophy’s research, most recently for our 2013 Conservation Plan.

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council

Annual Meeting:  Celebration 2016 Accomplishments
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm  
Pine Grove Community House

Tide gates, stream restoration, native plants, outreach and education - join LNWC in celebrating 2016 accomplishments!  Refreshments and this presentation will be followed at 7:45pm with an Annual Meeting, including Board of Director elections and a planning session for 2017.

Save the Date!
The 10th Nehalem Bay & Estuary Cleanup is March 11, 2017

The last Biennial Nehalem Bay and Estuary Clean Up was March 2015, and volunteers pulled nearly 2.4 TONS of trash plus nearly 1,000 pounds of recyclable and reusable material from the estuary. Registration information and project details coming soon.  Watch this space!

Thank You Kindly!

Thank You In-Kind Donors ~ It Takes a Village
Hope Stanton - Native plants for Elk Meadows

Welcome New Members
• Kelley & Christopher Platt • Alison & David Heibult

Thank You Renewing Members
• Janet & Duncan Campbell • Kim & Henry Stevens
• Mary McArthur & Bob Bugen • Laura & John Norton
• Debbie Harmon • Linda Kozlowski & Bill Supak
• Madeline & Allan Olson • Linda Makohon
• Jacque & Don Taylor • Linda & Michael Cook
• Beverly Hallberg & Floyd Skloot • Carol & Ric Nichols  
• Terri Desaro & Craig Nern • Vivi Tallman
• Jennifer & Watt Childress • Terri Maragos
• John & Elaine Hanby • Mark Beach
• Nancy Ashton & Dennis Schantzen • Tela Skinner & Michael Maginnis
• Bradford Johnson • Carol & John Steele
• Carolyn Amos & Casey Storey • Carole Pool
• Roberta Ando • Karen Babbitt
• Christine Quigley • Diane Gibson
• Martha & Thomas Russell • Janice Baker
• Lianne Thompson • Betsy Chase
• Ann Grossenbacher • Karen & Stewart Martin
• Betsy Ayres • Sally Ann Canepa
• Elizabeth Cole & Peter Newman • Diane Gibson
• Hilda & Bill Welch • Leila Salmon • Nadia Gardner & Mike Manzulli
• Maureen McMahon & Tom Nash • Gail & Richard Young
• Paula & Robb Sansum • Elizabeth Coleman
• Melinda & Gary Seelig • Eileen Corren
• Pamela & Allan Jacobson • Elizabeth Arch
• Judy Sorrel • Marie & John Phipps
• Barbara & Tom Ayres • Bill & Paula Peek
• Julianne Parrett • Kay & Lawrence Eason • Sharon Smith

Thank You Business Members
• Unfurl Clothing, eco-fiber and planet-forward clothing boutique
• Ecologic Tree, LLC
• Blackbird, local, seasonal, fresh downtown dining
• Blanton & Son Construction LLC, the dutiful son you always wanted
• Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, the one and only independent bookstore in Tillamook County
• Columbia Bank, best possible service in community banking
• Diane Kay Gibson, CPA, individual, business and non-profit accounting since 1984
• 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
• Law Offices of Michael Manzulli
• 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
• Susan Tone real estate broker, Remax Coastal Advantage

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