Volunteer in Tillamook to help coastal native plants thrive

NCLC staff volunteering at the NORP nursery in 2015.

When North Coast Land Conservancy needs native plants for one of its properties, it turns to the nursery at Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership, a program of Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. As a member organization of NORP, NCLC is obliged to help out at the nursery from time to time, planting or potting or doing other tasks. On Wednesday, April 26, staff and volunteers from NCLC are headed to the NORP nursery at the south end of Tillamook to help out as needed—most likely, potting bare-root shrubs for their final growing-out period before being used in a habitat restoration project somewhere in the region.

Participants plan to meet at the nursery in Tillamook at 10 a.m. or outside the NCLC office in Seaside at 8:30 a.m. to carpool or caravan to the site. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at or (503) 738-9126; she can provide directions and other details. Participants should bring a lunch and work gloves if they have them (extra gloves will be available for those who need them). There are porta-potties available. Dress for the weather; participants will likely be working in covered but unheated spaces.

NORP is a partnership among several conservation organizations. It grows native plants that originate in and are genetically appropriate for the climate and conditions on the northern Oregon Coast. NORP allows its plants to grow large, with large rootstocks, which helps them compete successfully in areas where non-native pasture grass or reed canary grass has taken over. The NORP nursery is located at Camp Tillamook, an Oregon Youth Authority facility providing work-study for youths transitioning out of detention. By helping at the nursery, the young men in the program gain important work and social skills.