March 2019 eBulletin
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Lower Nehalem Community Trust

March 2019 eBulletin

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

Have you Registered for the Nehalem Estuary Cleanup?

Saturday March 9th

Register Now
Tomorrow, Saturday March 9th, is the 11thAnnual Nehalem Estuary Cleanup. Orientation starts at the Salmonberry Saloon at 7:30 a.m. where Cleanup leg leaders and volunteers will be matched. 10 legs (sections) have been established around the Nehalem Bay and islands - see map below. The legs range in difficulty from family friendly to challenging. We will establish groups based on feedback at check in. We will also need volunteers to sort trash. Sorting may not begin until 10am when boats and trucks begin arriving from sites with collection bags. Organizers will be onsite at the Salmonberry and Wheeler City Park to check in volunteers who arrive later. The Cleanup will wrap up around 3pm and starting and we'll convene over at the White Clover Grange after starting at 5pm. Come enjoy locally made chili, cornbread, local craft beer and music.
Orientation located at:
The Salmonberry Saloon
380 Marine Dr. Wheeler
Starts at 7:30 a.m.
Come Celebrate after at:
The White Clover Grange
36585 Highway 53, Nehalem
Starting at 5 p.m.

News from the Community Garden

Save the Date!

The annual Plant Sale is coming up April 27th, from 9am-1pm at Alder Creek Farm's Community Garden. Stay tuned for more information about this gardener favorite event.

From Community Garden Manager Karen Mathews:

Working with the youth of our community is one of my favorite parts of my role at Alder Creek Farm Community Garden... This year we have strengthened our programming with Wilson River School Oregon Youth Conservation Corp and have had the students help on projects over the winter months. Their strong bodies and “can do” attitude working on physically demanding tasks at the farm and garden has provided benefits for both organizations. 

The students are given project objectives, tools to use, and ideas on how to accomplish the goals. With a focus on safety we work together to make improvements and complete tasks. One of the key elements of the program is providing the students with a sense of accomplishment, work skills, personal interaction with adults, role modeling in the work place and more.

This past month we rebuilt our raised beds; raising them to meet American with Disabilities Act standards and refreshing the planting medium for the growing season. In April, the students will assist in preparing for our annual plant sale scheduled for April 27th at 9 a.m.; the last Saturday of the month. They are learning about gardening and can put that knowledge to use in the Wilson River School Garden as well as in their own gardens; teaching skills for a lifetime!
A favorite project the students participated in was digging a trench for our water system upgrades; swinging a pick axe seems to be a highlight for a few of them. Better them than me! ~ Karen Mathews

Stewardship Update

Join us Fridays for Stewardship on the Land

March 14, Visit NORP Nursery
A volunteer opportunity to go to the NORP nursery in Tillamook to help them with spring plant potting. This is in addition to our Stewardship Friday the next day. 

March 15, Plant Trees
Stewardship Friday. We will be planting Alder trees at Elk Meadows

March 22, Help at Headwaters
Stewardship Friday. We will be installing gates at Headwaters.

Photos below: (Left) Dave and Jim pounding in a tree stabilizing stake. (Right) Carl fastening a cage around a newly planted cedar protecting it from Elk who like to nibble on the new growth.

Save the Date for Living Locally


 Enjoy the extraordinary setting of the Trust’s Alder Creek Farm, with celebratory wines, local beer, live music, and delicious catering by Julie Barker, chef/owner of Buttercup.

Tickets are $100 apiece ($60 tax deductible). Limited seating.

Auction items will be presented for your advance review on-line after May 15.

News from our Partners

See 2019 Explore Nature Events, now posted @ 

Explore Nature is a collaboration of environmental agencies, including our Community Trust, working together to provide meaningful nature based events that showcase the uniqueness of Tillamook County and the work being done to conserve the area's natural resources. 

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Events

Virtual Tour of Oregon's Marine Reserves
March 14, Thu 7 PM · Fort George Lovell Brewery & Taproom · Astoria, Oregon
You like Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

Black Oystercatcher Monitor Training
April 20, Sat 10 AM · Haystack Rock Awareness Program · Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oswald West Action Day
April 27, Sat 10 AM · Oswald West State Park · Nehalem, Oregon

Lower Nehalem Community Watershed Council

Board Meeting and Speaker Katie Volkie of NCLC

Date & Location:
March 14th, 2019
Pine Grove Community House

Time & Agenda:
·     6:00 PM Board Meeting 
·     7:00 PM Council Updates
·     7:10 PM Presentation
·     8:30 PM Adjourn
This event is part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Join the LNWC at the Pine Grove Community House each 2nd Thursday in January through May, October and November for natural resource focused presentations. Raffle ($5 donation at the door), winner drawn at the end of the presentation. “I ♥ The Nehalem River” bumper stickers will also be available by donation.

Thank You Business Partners!

Lower Nehalem Community Trust
532 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita

(503) 368-3203

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