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Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT)
In June 2019, LNCT acquired Botts Marsh in Tillamook County with funds that included approximately $124,000 from OWEB plus funding from the North American Wetland Conservation Act small grant program. The site has been the subject of land use controversy for more than 40 years. Designation of the 30 acre marsh site as the only intact salt marsh allowed for marina development during land use planning for Tillamook Estuary. This decision was controversial at the time and was appealed to the State Supreme Court.
Botts Marsh is a tidal marsh and channel site important for juvenile salmon rearing and identified as a feature on the Nehalem River Trail. The site is viewed in the Wheeler Vision Plan as an asset to the community.
LNCT manages the Marsh in conjunction with the 6.8 acre Zimmerman Marsh that was once the upper portion of the salt marsh. Protection of Botts Marsh is a part of the LNCT effort to “Protect the Edge” of Nehalem Bay.
OWEB holds a conservation easement on Botts Marsh, ensuring use consistent with the purpose of the land acquisition grant -- the maintenance and restoration of watersheds and habitat for native fish and wildlife. LNCT, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and the North Coast Land Trust occasionally host public and volunteer events and provides educational opportunities at Botts Marsh under careful use conditions.
Photos by Broken Banjo
For complete reports on this and other OWEB projects, please search OWEB's Grant Management System (OGMS).
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