Indigenous Lands

We call the portion of the Oregon Coast where we are active in conserving land our service area. It extends roughly from the crest of the Coast Range west to the ocean shore, and from the lower Columbia River south to the mouth of Siletz Bay.

Those service area boundaries are among many boundaries layered onto this landscape by colonists who arrived here beginning in the early 19th century and their descendants. The original inhabitants of this land recognized looser boundaries defined by tribe/ancestry, language, and landscape. Coastal Indians lost control of their land from disease that decimated their numbers, forcible relocation that moved members of some tribes to distant reservations, and finally the claiming of that land by white settlers.

Many tribes thrived on the North Coast prior to colonization, caring for the land and all of its plants and animals in a reciprocal relationship based on gratitude for the bounty that the Creator, the Earth, provides. North Coast Land Conservancy relates deeply to these values, aspires to learn from tribal members, and seeks ways to help tribes reestablish connection with their tribal homelands.

On May 5, 2020, NCLC returned the land known as Ne-ah-coxie on the Necanicum Estuary in Seaside to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. MORE >>