Nov 152011

Big Nestucca River before planting project
Central Coast Land Conservancy Photos

Some Big Nestucca River floodplain, acquired for protection by the Central Coast Land Conservancy, is getting some tender loving care from the conservancy with plantings of Sitka Spruce, Nine Bark, Twinberry, Indian Plum and River Willow. The plantings will help fill in a stressed area where the river carries tremendous spring flows along a 7 acre passage.

The plantings will help diversify the trees and other native plants along the property’s riverbanks and part of its floodplains. Interplanting of appropriate shrubs, grasses and trees will help stabilize the bank, add leaf and root density to hold the the soil along the river’s fluctuating shoreline, prevent sediment runoff and provide more food and cover for wildlife, including waterfowl.

Although a professional crew will be hired to do the planting, volunteers will be needed this coming spring for monitoring and maintenance of the new plantings. Those interested in becoming involved in the project are asked to call the Central Land Conservancy at 541-574-7708, or by e-mail at Donations may also be mailed to the Central Coast Land Conservancy at P.O. Box 1344, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. Donations may also be made through the Network for Good by clicking here.

Nearly four thousand dollars have been raised for the project so far. The funds came from the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership through it’s Local Grants Program. Another source was the Oregon Coastal Management Program which derives funds from NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

The Central Coast Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are fully tax-deductible. The organization’s purpose is to hold and manage for the benefit of the public, in perpetuity, lands that constitute the natural heritage of Tillamook, Lincoln, and western Lane counties. Its goal is to acquire title to, or obtain conservation easements over lands that form wildlife habitats, lands with plant communities unique to the Central Oregon Coast, lands with cultural and historic significance, lands that are scenic and/or provide open space, and lands that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. The object is to restore, maintain and enhance the lands that surround us for the benefit of all residents and visitors to this area – now and far into the future.

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