Conserving our Land, Beach and Sea

At the north end of beach in Manzanita, Peregrine Point’s lush green forest rises from the sand. Lower Nehalem Community Trust manages this parcel which extends the protected lands of Oswald West State Park, the gateway to the newly established Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, creating a conservation corridor across land and sea.

Join the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT) and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve for an easy 1 mile beach walk and explore the intersection of these protected areas. A nice morning low tide will allow the group to explore tidepools at the north end of the beach. Bright purple seastars, yellow sea slugs, crabs, and an array of algae thrive at the intersection of the new ocean reserve site and Peregrine Point.  

Come discover how Oregon’s coastline weaves with the land around it. Our coastal zone welcomes the return of ocean dwelling salmon to local rivers, seasonal migrating whales, and countless birds living within our watershed. Join us as we explore this piece of the coastline and share about our efforts to conserve the coastal margin!

Hosted by Friends of Cape Falcon MR and Lower Nehalem Community Trust, this event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Explore Nature events are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, and are meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. Learn more at

Questions? Contact or call 541-231-8041.  

Cost: FREE! Tax-deductible donations to Lower Nehalem Community Trust and the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve are encouraged but not required.


Curious to know more about the fungus kingdom and the role of both edible and inedible mushrooms in our lives?

Join us October 28th and 29th for our second-annual mushrooming event.

This year our summer intern and resident mycologist Ida Gianopulos will be sharing her knowledge and excitement about fungi of all varieties in this two-part event.

Friday night October 28th at 7:00 she will be giving a talk about the ecology and importance of mushrooms at the Nehalem Event Center (above Art Happens in downtown Nehalem). Saturday

morning the 29th from 10:00-12:00 she will lead a walk at Oswald West State Park identifying edible and inedible mushrooms alike and their role in the local ecology. In the evening the group will gather again at 5:30 p.m. at the Nehalem Event Center to sample a range of edible local mushrooms. The talk alone will be $5 for non-members and free for members, while the costs for both days activities will be $30 for non-members and $25 for members.

For more information about these or other events call 503-368-3203 or go to

Enjoy this wonderful fall event and book your spa manzanita treatments for Saturday afternoon or Sunday and receive a 5% discount. And 5% will go to the Lower Nehalem Community Trust

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Nehalem Estuary Cleanup




Nehalem Estuary Cleanup,


March 28th


Join hardy volunteers of all ages for the 2009 Nehalem Estuary cleanup on Saturday, March 28th.  Orientation will begin at 7:45 am, upstairs at the Sea Shack, in downtown Wheeler.  Team leaders will describe different cleanup sites, gather volunteers, and head out to pick up trash, returning to the Sea Shack around noon.   Retrieving collected trash by boat and sorting for disposal will go on until around 3 pm.  Dress for the weather. Rubber boots, a hat, and snug fitting gloves are useful as well as a daypack for carrying extra clean-up bags, lunch, and water. 

Volunteers are invited to return to the Sea Shack at 6:30 pm. for a thank you dinner, featuring chili from Wanda's Cafe in Nehalem and corn bread from Bread and Ocean in Manzanita.  And, if you aren't too tired to cut a rug, local musicians will give you something to dance to!

In 2007, volunteers removed 15 yards of styrofoam, 66 tires, 15 barrels and drums, 2 refrigerators, 65 board feet of treated lumber, 2 cubic yards of plastic, 2 cubic yards of scrap metal, 4 barrels of glass, 1 barrel of aluminum cans, and an miscellaneous assortment of coffee makers, sports balls, shotgun shells, plastic toys and duck decoys. 

This 6th biennial Nehalem Estuary cleanup is organized by the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust.  Sponsors include Oregon State Parks, Cart'm, SOLV, ODF&W, and many local businesses.  Your RSVP is a  help in our planning, but not imperative.  Contact the Trust at 503-368-3203 or 

Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to the health of our watershed!