Lorraine Ortiz

Lorraine Ortiz, the conservancy's development director, reads in Nehalem.

OREGON — The North Coast Land Conservancy held its annual memorial, The Forest Remembers,” remotely this year.

The event, which honors individuals who have donated memorial gifts to the conservancy, was canceled earlier this year as a precaution to spreading the coronavirus.

On April 25 at 11:30 a.m., volunteers and board members continued the event at their own homes by reading donor names out loud. Participants read aloud names in Astoria, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Arch Cape and Nehalem.

In Astoria, volunteer Kit Ketcham read a reflection which is usually used to start the event. In Arch Cape, board president John Mersereau read names next to the Spirit Tree, one of the conservancy’s memorials. Many others read names aloud alone or had neighbors listen from a distance.

The celebration will occur next on April 24, 2021.

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