Fishing in Wheeler

A angler tries his luck at Nehalem Bay • Photo by Visit Tillamook Coast

A quarter century of conservation will be cause for celebration this Saturday, Feb. 23, as the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership hosts Bounty of the Bays.

The event marks the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to designate Tillamook Bay as a “Bay of National Significance,” a move that paved the way for the existence of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.

Taking place at Pacific Restaurant in Tillamook, the celebration will include a seafood dinner, happy hour, trivia games and an extensive silent auction full of exclusive, outdoor activities like guided fishing trips, oyster tours and vacations to coastal resorts.

Kristi Foster, TEP’s executive director, said the evening serves as the group’s primary fundraiser, helping it offer educational programs to local students.

“We’ve had student groups help us with everything from putting chips down to planting trees along rivers and streams, and other stewardship activities that have impacted Hoquorton Slough, Alder Creek Farm, Kilchis Point and many other places that so many of us enjoy,” she said. “Education is a big piece of what we do every single day.”

Saturday’s events will begin at 4 pm with a 2018 Year in Review, where guests can meet staff and ask questions.

The ticketed portion of the evening begins at 5 pm.

Tickets, $60 for individuals, $330 for a table of six or $400 for a table of eight, are available at Eventbrite.com or www.tbnep.org. Ticket prices include two beer or wine drink tickets per person. Other drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

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