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Conservancy group wins grant for local rainforest

The peaks of the Rainforest Reserve are visible from as far north as Longview and as far south as Tillamook Bay. (Neal Maine/PacificLight Images)
Thursday, May 30, 2019

North Coast Land Conservancy was awarded a $600,000 grant for its conservation efforts by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Community Forest Grant moves the Seaside-based conservancy one step closer to conserving 3,500 acres of forest in the mountains above Oswald West State Park.

NCLC is in the third year of a five-year campaign to acquire what it calls the Rainforest Reserve, which will conserve the high peaks and headwaters above the state park and create an unbroken conservation corridor stretching from the summits of Onion, Angora, and other peaks to the ocean.

Much of the land already is protected as part of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

The grant specifically targets protection of the headwater streams that supply drinking water to Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.

NCLC’s proposal was the only one to receive the maximum allowable funding in the highly competitive nationwide grant program, according to NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke.


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