Katie Voelke

Katie Voelke leads a discussion at the Necanicum Watershed Council's "Listening to the Land" program. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Necanicum Watershed Council welcomes you to “Conservation Land and Public Access: The Pros and Cons, Join the Discussion.”

Katie Voelke, executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, leads an open-ended discussion about how to balance the needs of people, plants, and wildlife in conserved lands on the Oregon Coast.

NCLC is working on its biggest project ever: conservation of 3,500 acres of forestland above Oswald West State Park to benefit people, plants, and wildlife. 

Hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, anglers, dog-lovers are always interested in exploring new territory.

But what are the risks and benefits, the pros and cons, of opening up conserved lands to various kinds of recreation? Every human activity, benign as it may seem, has the potential to cause harm.

Listening to the Land is a monthly winter speaker series offered January through May and presented by the Necanicum Watershed Council in partnership with the Seaside Public Library. Presentations are held the  third Wednesday of every month starting at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Library, 1131 Broadway St, Seaside. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.necanicumwatershed.org.

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