OR - Land conservancy awarded $2.1M to help create Rainforest Reserve

An area of the northern Oregon Coast characterized by scientists the “Galapagos Islands of Oregon” moved a big step closer to permanent conservation Thursday, June 11, with announcement of a $2,128,079 grant awarded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC). With this grant, the nonprofit land trust has raised a total of $8.1 million and is now launching a campaign to raise the final $1.9 million needed to complete this landmark project with help from the community.

“Many people have worked for so many years to conserve this spectacular coastal gem,” said Katie Voelke, NCLC executive director. “Thank you to everyone who has come together to get the project this far. Now let’s get it to the finish!

“Times of crisis and upheaval such as what we are experiencing nationwide remind us of our need for nature and its healing power. Wide open spaces are food for our souls.”

The Conservancy is in the third year of a five-year effort to acquire what it calls the Rainforest Reserve: 3,500 acres of forested coastline south of Arch Cape, adjacent to Oswald West State Park and above Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. When completed, the Rainforest Reserve will create an uninterrupted 32-square-mile conservation corridor stretching from the summits of 3,000-foot peaks—the horizon you see looking south from Cannon Beach or north from Rockaway Beach—to Short Sand Beach and the sandy seabed and rocky reefs of the nearshore ocean.

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