Stanley Marsh Walk

October 21, 2015

Led by: Austin Tomlinson
Where: Stanley Marsh, Seaside
When: Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m. to noon

NCLC purchased the 80-acre Stanley Marsh-Thompson Creek property in 2006, and the landscape has been undergoing a dramatic transformation every since. Once open pasture dominated by invasive reed canary grass is slowly evolving to a dynamic wetland system full of willow and native wetland grasses. Migratory song birds, Roosevelt elk and beavers thrive here, and the adjacent Thompson Creek plays host to wild coho salmon in the fall. Explore this beautiful property with Austin Tomlinson, and observe what happens-both anticipated and unexpected- when humans attempt to build a whole new ecological system.

Walk info: This walk is mostly on flat ground, but there is no formal trail surface. Please wear sturdy walking shoes that can potentially handle mud if the weather has been wet.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather. Binoculars for bird and wildlife spotting are always a good idea.

This program is free, but registration is required.

Contact: North Coast Land Conservancy
Phone number: (503) 738-9126

After earning a bachelor’s degree in soil science and watershed management at Humboldt State University in 2011, Austin Tomlinson returned to his hometown of Seaside, where he now works as a soil and conservation management consultant/contractor. He is active as a volunteer with NCLC and serves as resident caretaker at Circle Creek Habitat Reserve.

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