Katie Voelke

Katie Voelke

Nehalem will be the site of engaging conversation this holiday season as the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council presents the next two installments of its ongoing Speaker Series.

The Thursday, Nov. 14, session will feature Katie Voelke, executive director for the North Coast Land Conservancy, leading a discussion titled “North Coast Ecology: A Picture of Diversity.”

Voelke’s talk will focus on the terrestrial ecosystems of the North Oregon Coast. The varied habitats, from ocean beaches to 3000-foot peaks, support a diverse set of species. This diversity is one reason scientists consider this region to be particularly resilient to the effects of climate change. It also puts a fine point on the need to thoughtfully manage this land with a view to the future.

Continuing this theme on Thursday, Dec. 12, Charlie Plybon, policy manager for Surfrider Foundation, will present “Life on the Rocks: Oregon’s Rocky Shore Habitats.”

Plybon’s talk will narrow that focus to the importance of rocky shore ecosystems. He will focus on the adaptations of organisms living in the rocky shore and historical protections for these areas. The talk will also include information about Oregon’s current process to update the state’s special rocky habitat designations and how the public can be involved.

These presentations are part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s regular Speaker Series. All talks are held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita. Each evening’s program begins at 7 pm, preceded at 5 pm by a meeting of Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s board of directors

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