Volunteers of all ages are invited to take part in the 11th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup this Saturday, March 9, clearing the estuary for the benefit of salmon, wildlife and the health of its surrounding communities.
Orientation begins at 7:30 am at the Salmonberry Saloon at 380 Marine Drive in downtown Wheeler. After 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.
Volunteer 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. Kids and family volunteers can join the 7:30 am orientation in Wheeler, or go directly to the boat ramp in Nehalem Bay State Park, where there will be an orientation and ongoing educational activities starting at 8:30 am.
Participants should bring drinking water and a snack or sack lunch and dress in waterproof boots, work gloves and layers as needed.
After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to the White Clover Grange at 36585 Hwy. 53, Nehalem, for live music and a chili and cornbread feast starting at 5 pm.
The event is organized in partnership by Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Nehalem Bay State Park, North Coast Land Conservancy and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and is part of Explore Nature, a series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures throughout Tillamook County.
Those who can’t make the clean up can make a donation online at www.nehalemtrust.org or by mail to Lower Nehalem Community Trust, PO Box 496, 532 Laneda Avenue, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.