An Introduction to the Tillamook County SB1517 Pilot Program

Tillamook County is well known for both the green pastures of dairy farms and world-class salmon fishing in picturesque rivers. Finding the balance between maintaining the ability of local producers to farm and restoring historic wetland habitat for native fish has long been debated. Oregon’s 2016 legislative session resulted in a new program designed to bring farmers and conservationists together in maintaining critical farmlands and developing restoration projects in Tillamook County.

During their next Speaker Series event on April 13, the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will welcome Hilary Foote and Chad Allen for introduction to the Tillamook County SB1517 pilot program. Sometimes called the Oregon Wetlands Bill, SB1517 designates Tillamook County as the site for a 10-year pilot project to create a land-use review process where the restoration and agricultural communities of the county can engage in an exploration of the ways in which the agricultural use of high-value farmland can be preserved in coordination with wetlands restoration and enhancement to the benefit of the larger community. Foote is a Land Use Planner for the Tillamook County Community Development Department focusing on Farm and Forest uses and the Project Manager for the implementation of SB1517. Allen is a renowned dairy farmer on the Wilson River and a member of the Tillamook County Planning Commission.

The presentation will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, in Manzanita. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council at 7:00 p.m. The Watershed Council will be raffling off a $25 gift certificate to Manzanita Grocery and Deli – The Little Apple as a special fundraiser towards the purchase of a new office computer. Tickets will be $5 apiece and the drawing will take place at the end of the presentation.

This presentation is part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s regular Speaker Series. Join us at the Pine Grove Community House each 2 Thursday in January – May, October and November for natural resource focused presentations. Some of the featured topics for 2017 include salmon recovery, estuary restoration and ocean acidification.

Event Information: Refreshments and snacks will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Find more information on our speaker series on our Facebook page (

Date & Location: April 13 at Pine Grove Community House (225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita).

Time & Agenda:

  • 6:30 PM Doors open – Refreshments
  • 7:00 PM Council Updates
  • 7:20 PM Presentation
  • 8:30 PM Adjourn