Hiking Boneyard Ridge

April 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, July 18, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Boneyard Ridge Habitat Reserve, Seaside
Led by: Melissa Reich


Last summer North Coast Land Conservancy acquired 340-acre Boneyard Ridge Habitat Reserve on Tillamook Head. It serves as a habitat link between Ecola State Park and another state park natural area on the ocean shore and NCLC’s own Circle Creek Habitat Reserve in the Necanicum River floodplain. Altogether the four properties create a contiguous 3,500-acre conservation corridor on what is the northern Oregon Coast’s most iconic headland.


NCLC Stewardship Director has been working closely with restoration foresters to create a management plan for Boneyard Ridge. That plan will guide NCLC as it works to return what has for decades been an industrial tree farm back into a thriving, mature temperate rainforest. Join Melissa for a hike into this forest in transition. If you’re lucky, you may get glimpses of some of the reserve’s inhabitants, from songbirds to red-legged frogs and Pacific giant salamanders.


MELISSA REICH grew up on Shelter Island, New York, where she volunteered at The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at Lewis & Clark College, she worked for the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center and The Nature Conservancy before joining the NCLC staff as stewardship director in 2013. Melissa serves on the executive committee of the Filipendula Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. She lives in Astoria.


Hike info: We will walk a total of about 2 miles on overgrown old logging roads. The route includes some uphill portions as well as large fallen trees to climb over, but we will be going at a slow pace and pausing frequently to watch the growing rainforest. 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.

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