North Coast Ecology: A Picture of Diversity

November 14, 2019

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 pm
Pine Grove Community House
225 Laneda Ave., Manzanita

Join biologist and NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke for this free public talk sponsored by the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council.

Estuaries where freshwater streams meet and mingle with seawater. Rolling coastal prairies and dune swale lakes. Temperate rainforests of spruce and hemlock. The northern Oregon coast is a landscape of incredible biodiversity, with land that stretches from the ocean to the summits of 3,000-foot peaks hosting a wide array of wild life. That very diversity is part of what makes this region an attractive place to live for many species, including humans. It is one reason scientists consider this region to be particularly resilient to the effects of climate change. It also puts a fine point on the need to thoughtfully manage this land with a view toward the future. (Photo: John Dudley)

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)