We’re on a mission to conserve and restore.

Through our programs and with the support of partners, volunteers and residents, we’re making significant progress toward our goals of clean water, healthy habitats, abundant wildlife, and vibrant communities.

Till Port Wetland

Restoring tidal wetlands to build habitats & reduce flooding.

coho fry

Reviving salmon & other native fish populations.

native plants nursery

Supporting the restoration & growth of native plants.

two girls science collection

Providing local students with hands-on STEAM instruction.

Sand Lake Aerial
Sand Lake Aerial

$1.75 million for habitat restoration-related projects

That’s how much money we were able to secure in 2022 for projects that directly benefit folks who live, work, and recreate in Tillamook County. Projects like the Sitka Sedge Tidal Wetlands Restoration, which will restore 69 acres of tidal marsh, provide flood protection for the community of Tierra Del Mar, improve recreational access, and create a thriving habitat for threatened juvenile salmon.

forest wetland river daytime
forest wetland river daytime

Making way for wildlife with the Skookum Dam removal

Built in 1965, Skookum Dam impounded Fawcett Creek and Skookum Lake, creating a reservoir for the City of Tillamook. At risk of catastrophic failure, the dam was intentionally breached in 2018, providing both conservation and public safety benefits. Excavating a pilot channel reconnected two miles of fish passage for spawning and rearing, and planting native wetland species helped restore food web connections for migratory songbirds, elk, and other wildlife.

forest nursery rainyday
forest nursery rainyday

Growing stewardship through native plant programs

The Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership (NORP) collects and propagates native plants to create robust stock that can better survive while meeting management and restoration requirements. In 2022 alone, the TEP nursery collected 15 million seeds, sent 32,000 plants to restore 585 acres of habitat, and gave 24,475 plants to butterfly restoration at Willapa Bay and Yaquina Head.

Volunteer Water Quality Sampling river shore
Volunteer Water Quality Sampling river shore

Safeguarding our community with up-to-date water quality information

In 1997, TEP began monitoring E. coli in the Tillamook Bay watershed. Today, the program includes all six Tillamook County estuaries and lower watersheds. Citizen science volunteers collect water samples twice a month, documenting changes in water quality, identifying potential habitat restoration projects, and updating our interactive water quality map so the community can view bacteria levels before swimming, paddling, fishing, or crabbing.

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RL Ross 2010 IMG 0475 square

Recognition TEP’s work is being recognized both in Oregon and nationally

We’ve been honored to receive two Oregon State Land Board Awards for the Coal Creek Dam Removal and the Miami Wetlands Enhancement project. And in 2012, the Tillamook County Water Trail (TCWT) received National Recreation Trail designation as an exemplary trail of local and regional significance. Facilitated by TEP’s Education Program, the TCWT consists of 250 miles of navigable waters for non-motorized enthusiasts.

Looking to the future

TEP recently received $625,000 in funding to continue our conservation and restoration efforts. Learn more about how we plan to use these funds to monitor and address the effects of climate change in our community.

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