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Volunteer in Paradise…

View from atop Cascade Head – Cape Foulweather on the horizon. Pete Kerry photo

Cascade Head Volunteer Work Party & End of the Season Celebration
Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please read on for details so you are properly prepared for the event. Your coordination is appreciated as we often manage a waitlist for volunteer events and carpools. After reviewing this information, please email orvolunteers@tnc.org if you need to cancel your reservation or confirm your space in our Portland carpool. 

We look forward to working with you at Cascade Head! This preserve is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly. Enjoy your visit and thank you for helping to protect this special place! 

What are we doing, exactly? We will be gathering seeds from native grassland species to be used in future restoration. Volunteers can also pull invasive weeds. The work includes a three+ mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working. After the work, volunteers are encouraged to stick around for an end of the season coast volunteer recognition party from 4-6pm.
 
Please BRING: Lunch, sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support, a daypack, plenty of water for the day, layers of clothing including raingear, a hat, and sunscreen.  Bring leather gloves if you have them – if not, you can borrow ours.
 
Directions to the Upper Trail of Cascade Head Preserve
Cascade Head Preserve is located north of the town of Lincoln City off of Hwy 101.
• From Portland, take Highway 18 west to the junction with Hwy 101
• Drive north on Highway 101, continuing 2.4 miles north of the Salmon River
• Turn left onto the unmarked gravel road at the top of the ridge. If you start going downhill, you have missed it. If you hit Neskowin, you’ve gone way too far.
• Conservancy staff will meet you at the open yellow gate to caravan to the trailhead.
CARPOOL:  The Portland carpool will meet at The Nature Conservancy’s office at 821 SE 14th Avenue (between Belmont and Morrison) at 7:25 a.m. The carpool aims to return to Portland by 8 p.m. You must confirm your space if interested. 

Other important notes:
We require parent/guardian permission for all minors, and they must be accompanied by an adult at all times
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Event/Emergency contacts: TNC volunteer crew leader:503-701-6013 
Debbie Pickering, Oregon Coast Ecologist: (503) 781-0145.

If you have any limiting medical conditions or health concerns you wish to share with us, please contact orvolunteers@tnc.org or 503 802-8100.
 
There is no restroom at the Upper Trail of Cascade Head, so we suggest stopping prior to arrival. If you are coming from Portland on Highway 18, a good place to stop is the Van Duzer State Wayside. You will pass this area about 15 minutes prior to reaching the preserve.

Have fun and thank you for helping to preserve Oregon’s natural heritage!

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