Watch a Wetland Emerge

April 25, 2016

When: Thursday, June 14, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Clear Lake Habitat Reserve, Warrenton
Led by: Amy Hutmacher and Eric Owen


When NCLC acquired Clear Lake Habitat Reserve in 2013, the property included not only a pristine hidden lake but a degraded upland area nearby. NCLC immediately began working to turn that upland dune into wetland, regrading it with heavy equipment and planting thousands of native plants—3,082 of them just this past spring—with the help of many volunteers. Take a walk with Project Manager Amy Hutmacher and Land Steward Eric Owen to check in on the ongoing transformation of this new wetland and the results of this five-year project. Due to access issues, Clear Lake Habitat Reserve may be visited only during guided outings such as this one.

AMY HUTMACHER grew up in Alaska and focused on Environmental Studies for her undergraduate work at the University of the Pacific. She then completed her graduate studies at Arizona State University, where she explored the unique riparian habitats found along southwestern seasonal creeks and streams. An opportunity to work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife brought her to the Oregon Coast, and the chance to merge her ecology background with land conservation work led North Coast Land Conservancy, where she manages projects in both conservation and land stewardship.

ERIC OWEN completed his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University in 2014, where he majored in environmental science with a minor in writing. In addition to his passion for conservation ecology, his interests include mycology and mushroom hunting, soccer, surfing, playing music, and brewing beer. Eric was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, grew up in San Diego, and lived in northern California for several years before moving to Oregon in 2010 to be nearer to his immediate family, who all live in the state.

Walk info: This is an easy, mostly flat walk located on established trails. The walk is about 1 mile total. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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