Visit Arcadia Old Growth Grove

April 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, June 20, 10 am to noon
Where: Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site, Cannon Beach
Led by: Katie Voelke and Stephen Grace



Old-growth forests once covered half or more of western Oregon. Since the early 1800s old-growth forests have been in decline and have nearly disappeared from Oregon’s temperate rainforest. But remnant groves of ancient western redcedars can still be found on the north coast. Join North Coast Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Voelke and writer-photographer Stephen Grace on a visit to a hidden grove of ancient redcedars in a pocket of public land above Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site. This grove lies within the Coastal Edge and includes what is believed to be the largest tree of any species in the state of Oregon. This grove provides a glimpse of what the Rainforest Reserve will look like in several hundred years if we are successful in conserving it.


KATIE VOELKE grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later she became its second executive director. She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.

STEPHEN GRACE explores the natural world around his home on the Oregon Coast as a citizen scientist, storyteller, and photographer. He is the author of many books, including Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future, Oil and Water, and Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement, winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. He leads tours for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program and is currently at work on a book about life at the ocean’s edge—and at the edge of the extinction wave now sweeping the planet. His writing and photography inspired by the Oregon Coast is published on his Tides and Trails website.


Walk info: We will follow what amounts to a game trail a short distance to reach the grove. The route is rough and requires climbing under and over fallen logs.
What to bring: Water and snacks if you need them. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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