Might you, a colleague, or a friend be interested in helping to guide your local Watershed Council in 2018? Are you enthusiastic about native fish? Love to better the environment and your community? Would you like to learn more about conserving and enhancing the Nehalem watershed? Then this might be the opportunity you are looking for – Lower Nehalem Watershed Council (LNWC) is seeking nominations for its 2018 Board of Directors.
Watershed Councils are locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory groups established to improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. Made up of people from the local communities, Watershed Councils represent local knowledge and ties to the existing community in all its complexity. They work across jurisdictional boundaries and agency mandates to look at the watershed more holistically. Through the Council, partnerships between residents, local, state and federal agency staff and other groups can be developed. Local watershed councils are highly effective in the development and implementation of projects to maintain and restore the biological and physical process in the watersheds for the sustainability of their communities.
Lower Nehalem Watershed Council was created to bring the people of the watershed together to protect the health of the creeks and streams while ensuring that the land and resources remain economically productive for the landowners of the region. We are dedicated to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the Nehalem Watershed through leadership, cooperation, and education. LNWC brings grant dollars to the area and leverages donations to achieve both programs and projects. In 2017, LNWC and its partners have restored access to 1.8 miles of salmon habitat, co-sponsored the 10th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup removing over 3.37 tons of trash and recyclables from the bay, provided education and outreach at more than 20 events, and received over $500,000 in grant funding. The Council is seeking motivated community members to help guide the work of LNWC and implement its mission in 2018.
The duties of a Board Member include providing leadership and direction to the Council, guiding the day to day work of the Council, reviewing project and grant proposals, representing LNWC at partner and community events, and regular attendance at monthly meetings. LNWC’s Board is made up of 5-7 Members, including the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer. Officers are appointed by the Board members. The Board of Directors meets monthly, typically the first Wednesday of the month, at Nehalem City Hall (35900 8th Street, Nehalem) from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Meeting dates and times are set by the Board and may change to meet diverse schedules. The next LNWC meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6. The agenda will include a discussion on Board elections, current and future projects, and other Council Business. This is a great opportunity to get more involved in the Council and learn about exciting projects. LNWC’s partners and the public are encouraged to join!
The Council welcomes participation from a diverse citizenry, including active or retired farmers, foresters, woodland owners, rural and urban residents, business owners, and government, university or NGO staff and scientists. If you live, work or play in the Lower Nehalem you’re eligible!
New Board of Director members will be elected by the LNWC membership at the January 11, 2018 Annual Meeting & Speaker Series event at 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita (225 Laneda Ave). If you know someone who might be the perfect fit or are interested yourself, please contact the Council Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-368-7424 for more information and to receive a Board of Directors nomination form. Nomination forms will be received until December 15, 2017.