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Conservancy supporters aim for 3,500-acre Rainforest Preserve purchase

Preserving land, managing it for the public benefit
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 30, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on August 3, 2018 12:03PM

David Russell, Lisa Cerveny and Katie Voelke at a house party for the North Coast Land Conservancy.

R.J. Marx

David Russell, Lisa Cerveny and Katie Voelke at a house party for the North Coast Land Conservancy.

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Katie Voelke at a house party for the North Coast Land Conservancy.

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Katie Voelke at a house party for the North Coast Land Conservancy.

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Gearhart homeowner and supporter of the North Coast Land Conservancy Lisa Cerveny and David Russell opened up their gardens on Saturday to show support for the conservancy’s efforts. Thanking the “incredible volunteers and amazing work on a daily basis,” she introduced the organization’s executive director Katie Voelke.

In Oregon, the effect of land conservation is more than four times the land base of Oregon’s state parks. “It’s making a huge difference in holding lands together, and making it possible for animals, plants and people — all of us — to survive out there right now.”

Voelke said the conservancy was active throughout Seaside and the South County, including the ongoing efforts of conservation of the 3,500-acre Rainforest Reserve above Oswald West State Park, a $10 million project including land purchase, stewardship and project costs.



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