Reconnecting a Unique Coastal Habitat
With mountain summits rising above 3,000 feet not more than 1 mile from the shoreline, the region we call the Coastal Edge, between Tillamook Head and Nehalem Bay, is an unusually compressed, biogeographically concentrated ecosystem, unlike anywhere else on the Oregon Coast. Here the mountains rise sharply from the sea. The streams of this region plunge directly into the ocean, without benefit of a large estuary where freshwater and saltwater mingle. The direct land-sea interface of these coastal-fronting watersheds results in habitat that is also unique, home to a unique mix of plants and animals.
Spectacular in scope, the Coastal Edge Initiative seeks to preserve complete, contiguous coastal watersheds, allowing the once and future temperate rainforest indigenous to this coastline to again thrive. It will create a corridor of ecological connectivity of unprecedented scale in Oregon, stretching from the ridgetops to the ocean, in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. Download our Coastal Edge Conservation Plan, which articulates our science-based strategy for conserving this landscape. Download The Coastal Edge to read details about our vision for conserving key tracts of this coastline.
The Rainforest Reserve
In November 2016, NCLC committed itself to purchasing, over a five-year period, 3,500 acres of rainforest above Oswald West State Park and within the Coastal Edge.
Read a news story about our plans to create the Rainforest Reserve and view a map of the proposed reserve.
Download a concise proposed Rainforest Reserve fact sheet.
Download The Rainforest Reserve: An Oregon Legacy Campaign for more information.
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