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Talking trash in the Estuary

Pull up your boots, don your rain gear, and prepare to take out the trash – out of the estuary that is.
The 11th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup is fast approaching, so don’t miss out on Saturday, March 9th, for the opportunity to spend a day making a lasting difference. A debris-free estuary is important for salmon, wildlife, and the health of our communities.
Orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Salmonberry Saloon, in downtown Wheeler. Parking is available throughout downtown Wheeler. Following the introduction, groups of volunteers will spread out around the bay to walk the high tide line collecting debris. Trucks and boats will collect the materials, returning it to Wheeler’s Waterfront Park for sorting, recycling and disposal.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join this exciting event. Opportunities range from collecting debris, sorting materials, helping with set-up and take down, and food service. Nehalem Bay State Park will have special activities for children that will help them understand why coastal cleanups are so important. Youth and family volunteers can join the 7:30 a.m. orientation in Wheeler, or go directly to the boat ramp in Nehalem Bay State Park starting at 8:30 a.m., where there will be an orientation and ongoing educational activities!
Bring drinking water and your own snack or sack lunch. This is a rain or shine event. Wear waterproof boots, work gloves, and layers as needed.
After the cleanup, starting at 5:00 p.m., volunteers are invited to the White Clover Grange at 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem, OR 97131 for live music, a chili and cornbread feast, and socializing. You might want to bring a dry change of clothes for the party.
We ask everyone to register online in advance of the event. Volunteers can sign-up by going to www. and searching for “11th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup” or by visiting nehalemtrust. org/cleanup. This will allow for a smooth orientation in the morning and a quick start to the cleanup. It will also help us have the right t-shirt sizes for everyone!
In 2017 over 170 volunteers dedicated their time, skills, and energy to make our bay clean and healthy. We pulled 2.66 tons of trash and 1,319 lbs. of recyclable and reusable material from the estuary.
Community partners Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Nehalem Bay State Park, North Coast Land Conservancy, and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership are pleased to announce that this event is part of Explore Nature, a series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Hosted throughout Tillamook County by a consortium of Conservation organizations, these meaningful, nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. This effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support from so many businesses and individuals. We thank our many supporters who can be seen on the event website!
If you can’t join us for the day of the event, please consider making a donation by visiting www. or by mail to Lower Nehalem Community Trust, PO Box 496, 532 Laneda Ave., Suite C, Manzanita, OR 97130. Include “Estuary Cleanup” in the message section or on the memo line.
For more information, contact Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Coordinator, Zachary Mallon at [email protected]

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