SEASIDE - North Coast Land Conservancy, The Rotary Club of Seaside, the Necanicum Watershed Council, and SOLV are joining together to celebrate Earth Day on April 21stby hosting a community tree planting event at NCLC’s 364-acre Circle Creek Habitat Reserve near Seaside.

Since 2004, North Coast Land Conservancy–with the support of hundreds of volunteers from all over the world–has been re-establishing forested habitat throughout the pasture along Circle Creek, an important waterway for spawning coho and chinook salmon and winter steelhead trout. Seven years and 20,000 trees later, the planting is still going strong.

A large part of the Circle Creek property is a Sitka spruce swamp, a now rare habitat that was once common all along the North Coast. Circle Creek is a place of great biodiversity– elk, beavers, otters, bald eagles, black bears, Canada geese, and many different waterfowl and migrating song birds all make use of the swamp, open pasture, scrub-shrub thickets and emergent wetlands that exist here in this special place.

This year, volunteers will be spending the day planting a Memorial Forest Grove in the south pasture in honor of members of the community and the Rotary Club of Seaside. For decades Rotary international has been involved in Preserve Planet Earth, includingreforestation and restoration of habitat.

In 2010 the Rotary Club of Seaside initiated an orientation program, so new members could learn and appreciate the richness and depth of Rotary, locally and around the world. The new members were excited, and wanted a way to commemorate their graduation. That led to the connection with NCLC and the habitat planting at the Circle Creek property.

With connections to so many people in the community, Rotary members wanted to make this grove a place where everyone could participate in the reforestation and habitat restoration. This project is designed so that any person, business or organization can commemorate loved ones and special occasions, with custom stainless tags mounted on a sign next to the future forest … and Rotarians plant and nurture a tree in their honor. Net proceeds from the commemorative tags will be used to support the work of NCLC and Rotary.

Please join in the fun from 10 am 1:30 pm at NCLC’s Circle Creek Habitat Reserve, located at 32825 Rippet Road just south of Seaside. For more information and directions, please visit, or call (503) 738-9126.

Katie Voelke is the executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy. She can be reached at (5030 738-9126.