Creating a Rainforest Reserve

May 13, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm
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Join biologist and NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke for this virtual public presentation, part of The World of Haystack Rock series hosted by Friends of Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach Library. 

The mountain range you see on the horizon south of Cannon Beach and north of Nehalem is a land of towering basalt peaks, clear-running streams, and rare plants found nowhere else in the world. For nearly a century, conservationists have wanted to take this land out of timber harvest, allow it to return to maturity as a temperate rainforest, protect the plants and animals that live and migrate through here, and allow people to explore it and experience its wonders. Now North Coast Land Conservancy is poised to do just that. Learn more about what makes these 3,500 acres so special and about NCLC’s landmark efforts to partner with the community to create a Rainforest Reserve on Oregon’s North Coast. (Photo: Justin Bailie Photography)

Katie Voelke was raised in a home under oak trees, where she spent many hours collecting bugs, making mud pies with her sister, and camping and hiking with her parents in the summers. She is sure that this lifelong exposure to the natural world is what led her on a path to study biology in school. Katie settled on Oregon’s North Coast with her husband, Scott, in 2003 and spent time doing field work with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before she finally found her calling: working in land conservation with NCLC. In 2005 Katie was hired as NCLC’s first stewardship director, working under founding executive director Neal Maine. After three years of learning the ropes alongside Neal, she took the helm in 2008 as executive director. Although her job at NCLC keeps her inside more than she would like, she manages to get her fix of the outdoors following in her parents’ footsteps: bug collecting with her three sons and spending summers hiking and camping with family. (Photo: Trav Williams/Broken Banjo Photography)