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Lower Nehalem Watershed Council talks restoring salmon habitat

Dick Vander Schaaf presents at council’s Speaker Series April 12

Published on April 12, 2018 2:36PM

Tidal channel creation at the Kilchis Preserve

Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Tidal channel creation at the Kilchis Preserve


MANZANITA — How do you restore tidal channels and wetland habitat in floodplain areas that have historically been diked and disconnected?

Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council on Thursday, April 12, as we welcome Dick Vander Schaaf, associate director of the Coast and Marine Conservation Program for The Nature Conservancy, for a presentation on the Kilchis Estuary Restoration Project. His talk will explore the process of restoring critical habitat for native salmon in Tillamook Bay.

The event, part of the Watershed Council’s Speakers Series, will take place at the Pine Grove Community House (225 Laneda Ave.) in Manzanita. It is free and open to the public.

The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Watershed Council at 7 p.m. Feel free to attend a regular meeting 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove to learn more about the Council’s ongoing work. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

The Nature Conservancy purchased a former dairy farm in 2010 on the lower Kilchis River intending to restore the tidal wetland habitats that once dominated the site. The Conservancy utilized hydrologic modeling to develop restoration scenarios for the project and to foresee impacts from climate change. This presentation will step through the planning and restoration process and discuss future work at the site. The project also has broader implications for wetland restoration on agricultural lands in Tillamook County.

New to our Speaker Series, we’re raffling off a gift certificate or special item from a local business supporter during each event. This month we have a $25 gift certificate from Manzanita News & Espresso. Raffle tickets will be available for a $5 donation at the door, and the winner will be drawn at the end of the presentation.

Find more information on our Facebook page (facebook.com/lnwc1).



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