Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

State of the Bays 2015

Oct. 9th, 2015 directions 

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership


Featuring the Five Estuaries of Tillamook County


 Join TEP and our partners for a discussion on the results of work being done to enhance the health of Tillamook County’s estuaries. Together, we will share the progress we have made in our mission to conserve and restore Tillamook’s watersheds for generations to come. 

Friday, October 9, 2015    
5-7 p.m.

Officer's Mess Hall, Port of Tillamook.
6825 Officer's Row, Tillamook, OR  97141

Join us for an opportunity to really get to know your watersheds! Our Friday evening reception will feature guest speakers and many great partners and experts. There will be a hosted cocktail hour with light refreshments provided by Pacific Restaurant. RSVPs are encouraged, please call: 503-322-2222 or email: Isabel@tbnep.org

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Explore and Experience your Watersheds on Foot

 A series of field trips is planned in all five Tillamook County estuaries. Please select from the list of exciting tours exploring watersheds and call to reserve your spot today!


Registration for field trips is strongly recommended


Neahkahnie Creek Restoration Tour

Saturday, Oct 10, 10a.m.–12 p.m.

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and Lower Nehalem Community Trust invite you to visit Neahkahnie Creek to see a variety of restoration sites displaying a before and after look at work done by the two organizations. The Watershed Council’s restoration of Neahkahnie Lake and Wetland focused on converting former agricultural land back into a functional wetland ideal for juvenile salmon rearing. The Community Trust is in the process of acquiring the Neahkahine Creek parcel just downstream to restore the site and manage it as a conservation area. The important migration corridor includes pristine forest, tall canopy, and steep ravines leading to the creek. 

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meet at the parking lot of Adventist Health Urgent Care, 10445 Neahkahnie Creek Rd, Manzanita.Tour limited to 15 participants, Light to moderate hiking, mostly on a road but will include some heavily vegetated areas and small stream crossings. Please bring sturdy shoes, water and binoculars. Rain or Shine.



The Confluence of Restoration and Flood Mitigation

Saturday, Oct 10, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

The Southern Flow Corridor is an unprecedented multi-benefit project being undertaken by Tillamook County to alleviate flooding issues in downtown Tillamook and to restore 519 acres of tidal wetlands. This project will substantially reduce flooding concerns by redesigning the levee systems near the confluence of the Tillamook, Trask, and Wilson River systems allowing flood waters to rapidly flow out of areas of greatest structural and economic concern. In addition, the project will have vast ecological benefits for fish and wildlife populations that utilize the Tillamook Bay System. 

Tour Details and Meeting Location

 Meet at theThe Southern Flow Corridor site at the informational kiosk at the west end of Goodspeed Rd. This will be a one-mile light to moderate hike. Please bring sturdy shoes, water and binoculars. Rain or Shine.



Creating a Sense of Place

Saturday, Oct 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Conservation in action!  Join TEP, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nestucca Watersheds Council and tour Two Rivers Peninsula, the most recent addition to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Work is underway to transform this former Jesuit retreat into an area that is open to public use and features one of the Oregon Coast’s premiere sites to observe healthy estuarine habitat. Learn about current USFWS plans for a network of trails in the refuge along with information about other nearby restoration projects underway in South Tillamook County.  Access into this forested refuge is presently limited to guided hikes, don’t miss this unique opportunity.  

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meet at the lower parking lot of the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge. Hike is moderately difficult. Please bring a warm wind-proof jacket, plenty of water and comfortable shoes. Rain or Shine.


Port of Tillamook Bay, nursery tour and volunteer planting opportunities

Saturday, Oct 10, 1–3 p.m.

TEP's Native Plant Nursery and  Backyard Planting Program invite you to join us at the Camp Tillamook nursery for a discussion about the ways that planting native plants improve the health of our watersheds. Topics include the benefits of healthy streamside vegetation, the history and accomplishments of the Backyard Planting Program, and an inside look at the operation of a native plant nursery. Join TEP staff on this fun tour exploring one of the most powerful tools we have to improve the health of our waterways.

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meet at the parking lot at the Officers Mess Hall Camp Tillamook. Nursery tour and volunteer planting opportunties. Please bring garden gloves, comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate field clothes.
Rain or Shine.


WEBS Geology Tour

Saturday, Oct 10, 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Friends of Netarts Bay (WEBS) and TEP invite you to join us as we delve into the background  and find out why Netarts Bay is such an ocean-dominated estuary. Learn about the Columbia River Basalt lava delta, faulting, dune formation, terrace formation, Cascadia earthquakes, co-seismic subsidence and bluff erosion. Trip is timed to chase falling tide level in the late afternoon.  

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meeting at the Netarts Fire Hall, 1252 5th St Loop W., Netarts at 2:30p.m.  Please bring warm clothing or wind-proof jacket, plenty of water and comfortable shoes or waterproof boots. Rain or Shine.



Conservation in Action Tour

 Saturday October 10th, 10a.m.–11a.m.


In 2014 the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department added a 357 acre piece of critical coastal habitats along the Sand Lake Estuary to its parks system. The “Beltz Farm” is a former working farm that includes a variety of valuable habitats being preserved for future generation to enjoy. In this fascinating opportunity, explore Sand Lake on a guided tour with an OPRD botanist. Topics to be discussed will include estuary ecology, local plants and animals, and the parks current assessments of this newly acquired parcel.  

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meeting at 26714 Sandlake Rd. Cloverdale, Oregon (park next to blue house).Tour limited to 10 participants and an RSVP is required for this tour. Carpooling to meeting location encouraged due to limited parking, Light to moderate hiking, mostly on a dike but may also include small trails.Please bring sturdy shoes, water, binoculars.



Education along the Woodland & Wetland Trails 

 Saturday October 10th, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join the TEP and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCMP) for a walk through Kilchis Point Reserve. Enjoy the pathways of the wetlands and woodlands, while you hear about history of the site as well as today’s efforts to promote appreciation and understanding of Tillamook’s natural and cultural resources while encouraging the protection and stewardship of resources, environments, and habitats. Hear about the education that takes place at Kilchis Point and how you may become involved.

Tour Details and Meeting Location

Meet at the trailhead located on the west side of U.S. Highway 101 at 9000 Spruce Street on the corner of Spruce and Warren streets in Bay City. The walk is easy and ADA accessible. Please wear comfortable shoes. Rain or Shine.

For more information please call: 503-322-2222

Thank you to our partners for these good works
and wonderful tours. Enjoy!


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