Our Anchor for Livability

From the air we breathe to the water we drink, humans’ survival is bound to the well-being of our surroundings. Expanded recreation opportunities keep us mentally and physically healthy. A robust environment helps our regional economy thrive. By storing carbon, healthy forests can temper the effects of climate change in the next century and beyond.

Forests make rain year-round; up to half the surface water on the coast starts as fog condensing on tree needles. Creekside forests keep sediment out of streams. Conserving the forests where headwater streams arise for Cannon Beach and Arch Cape will keep drinking water flowing and keep it clean, saving money on water treatment.

Surveys tell us that Oregonians treasure open space and a natural environment. By every measure, the Rainforest Reserve will enhance livability on the Oregon Coast.

Coho Salmon

Wild coho salmon spawn in the creeks of the Rainforest Reserve that cascade down into the ocean. Conservation of these creeks will reduce sediment pollution and keep streams clean for people and wildlife.


All of the water consumed in Arch Cape arrives first as rain falling on fir, hemlock, and cedar trees in the upper reaches of the watershed, as it ultimately tumbles its way down Shark and Asbury creeks to be used as a community drinking water supply.

Meet the photographer

Justin Bailie grew up on the northern Oregon Coast and lives in the beautiful hamlet of Nehalem, Oregon, with his partner Ashley Mersereau and Gus the dog. His photography and art reflect his wandering interests and the things he cares about most: real food and where it comes from; his home here in the Pacific Northwest; fish, forests, rivers, the ocean, and healthy ecosystems; friends and family; people and their stories. He strives to create photos that have feeling and that make the viewer look closer and want to know more.