Explore a Treasured Coastal Forest

April 28, 2017

When: Friday, Aug. 18, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Butte Creek Habitat Reserve, Neskowin
Led by: Melissa Reich and Sue Gabriel


In 2016 North Coast Land Conservancy received a donation of 36 acres of forest and stream corridor near Neskowin. The land had served as a homestead, a dairy farm, and most recently the beloved backyard of owner Sue Gabriel, who had developed a deep love for this land and a personal relationship with many of its inhabitants. Join Sue and NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich on a walk through Butte Creek Habitat Reserve—or what Sue fondly calls Hesheland and Qtopia. You may even get to meet Heshe, Sue’s favorite giant Sitka spruce.


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.

SUE GABRIEL, a third-generation Oregonian, realized a lifelong dream when she moved to Neskowin in 1994; within a few years she achieved another dream by purchasing a large forested parcel near her home, with the goal of protecting a beloved ancient Sitka spruce there. Five years later she donated the property to NCLC but has remained intimately involved with the land, now serving as the reserve’s volunteer land steward. Sue received a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration from Mills College. Since moving to Neskowin, she has participated in Master Gardener, Watershed Stewardship, and Master Naturalist programs through the OSU Extension Service Service.


Walk info: We will hike between 0.75 and 1.5 miles. The walk will be on unpaved roads, narrow trails, and soggy grassy pasture. There will be a small amount of elevation gain. No toilets on site; public toilets available nearby at Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water and snacks or lunch. We recommend wearing sturdy waterproof boots or shoes. Dress for the day’s weather.


SPECIAL NOTE: Neskowin lies within the path of totality for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Traffic in the vicinity may be very heavy as early as Aug. 18, the date of this outing; plan accordingly.

This event is being hosted by North Coast Land Conservancy
as part of the Explore Nature series

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