Explore the Coastal Edge

April 28, 2017

When: August 29, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Oswald West State Park, Manzanita
Led by: Chrissy Smith and Katie Voelke


With mountain summits rising above 3,000 feet as close as a mile from the shoreline, the region NCLC calls the Coastal Edge, between Tillamook Head and Nehalem Bay, is an unusually compressed, biogeographically concentrated ecosystem, unlike that anywhere else on the Oregon Coast. Part of the Coastal Edge shoreline lies within Oswald West State Park, which is the gateway to Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, the newest of Oregon’s near-shore areas set aside to protect the ocean’s biological diversity. Join Chrissy Smith, Outreach Coordinator for the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, on a hike to Cape Falcon. Katie Voelke, executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, will join the hike as well.

CHRISSY SMITH, coordinator for the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, has a background in free-choice learning, oceanography, and marine resource management. In addition to her work with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, she is the part-time director of the Friends of Netarts Bay and coordinates numerous community programs showcasing the natural resources within Tillamook County. She lives in Tillamook and enjoys hiking local trails and beaches with her husband, their two kids, and their dog, Madrone.

KATIE VOELKE grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later she became its second executive director. She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.

Hike info: The hike to Cape Falcon is 5 miles round-trip with moderate elevation gain. We will hike on a well-developed trail that can be muddy in places. No toilets at the trailhead, but toilets are located in the next parking lot to the south. Please leave dogs at home.

What to bring: Bring water and a lunch to enjoy on the summit. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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