Mission: The lower nehalem community trust is a member and donor supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of natural habitat in our service area.
Programs: Stewardship supports native plant recovery and the restoration of habitats and ecosystems by removing invasive species and planting native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous vegetation on lncts conservation land. Additionally, a native plant nursery located at alder creek farm is maintained to supply plant and tree stock for restoration. The lions share of stewardships work is achieved through the volunteer efforts of community members, school groups, and partnership organizations. Additionally, management plans and ongoing monitoring are enforced for all land held in conservation.
the community garden at alder creek farm teaches the principles of organic gardening through hands-on learning. Volunteers cultivate fruits and vegetables, which they share with each other and also donate weekly to the local food bank and senior lunch program. These donations near one ton of fresh produce and vegetable starts every year. The garden infrastructure includes an orchard, greenhouse, permaculture demonstration garden, sustainable irrigation system, and barn.
community engagement in conservation is a top priority. Lnct hosts a variety of education and outreach programs every year for all ages, including schoolchildren. These programs range in nature from land tours, educational hikes, and paddles to topics in ecology and gardening. Additionally, lnct offers an annual harvest festival at alder creek farm that showcases special talks on conservation topics, as well as garden, ethnobotanical trail, and farm tours. Finally, a biennial estuary cleanup provides hands-on experience learning about the estuarys ecosystem while removing debris that degrades the estuarine habitat.