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Hiking at Circle Creek.

A guided walk Saturday, June 9, at North Coast Land Conservancy’s Circle Creek and Boneyard Ridge habitat reserves is one of 20 free outings offered by 12 Oregon land trusts throughout the state as part of Get Outdoors Oregon Day.

Part of the National Get Outdoors effort, Get Outdoors Oregon Day is a chance to get outside—whether by attending a land trust event, exploring Oregon’s hiking trails or enjoying a local park with family. At Circle Creek, geologist Tom Horning and naturalist Mike Patterson will lead an exploration of the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between. The outing will begin at Circle Creek, one of the conservancy’s largest habitat reserves and also one of its most dynamic. From there participants will venture into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, another large conservancy habitat reserve serving as a habitat bridge between Circle Creek and Ecola State Park. Details about this and other summer outings on conservancy lands is available at NCLCtrust.org/on-the-land-summer-outings.

Land trusts, also known as land conservancies, such as the conservancy are nonprofit organizations that actively work to conserve land in local communities. In Oregon, there are more than 20 of them. Oregon land trusts have protected more than 400,000 acres of land—nearly four times of that owned by Oregon State Parks. Some of these special places that are owned or managed by land trusts are closed to the public because they have sensitive species or resources, are difficult to access, or lack facilities to support regular public visitation. Circle Creek is open to the public for trail-walking and wildlife-watching.

Get Outdoors Oregon Day, led by the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, is part of a week celebrating outdoor recreation in Oregon June 2 through 10. COLT encourages Oregonians to explore, discover and learn about Oregon’s special places that week. Land trust events on Get Outdoors Oregon Day range from nature writing to wildflower hikes, geology walks, kid-led butterfly adventures, estuary oyster explorations and invasive plant removal. Locations are in every corner of Oregon: Port Orford, John Day, Enterprise, Klamath Falls, Eugene, Corvallis, Mosier, Portland, plus Seaside and more. A complete list is available at getoutdoorsoregon.org.