LNCT’s largest acquisition to date, the Headwaters is a forested 119 acre parcel of ecological significance both for its large carbon fixing trees and for the tributaries that feed into the Neahkahnie Creek watershed below where countless hours of restoration work has been completed to improve fish habitat and where Coho Salmon can be seen spawning (video below).
This acquisition was completed September 19, 2018 and made possible by the advocacy of LNCT Board Member Doug Firstbrook and donations from Seventeen Enterprises LLC and Pacific Land Conservation LLC, both of California. The donation included sufficient funds to cover the costs of reforestation of the approximately 30 acres that was logged in the summer of 2017 and contribute toward some of the future stewardships costs. See the full announcement of the acquisition including a personal letter from Doug Firstbrook here.
UPDATE: In December 2019, the LNCT was able to purchase an 8-acre forested parcel connected to Headwaters and previously owned by the Rinehart Clinic, increasing the protected Headwaters property to the current total of 119 acres. The Rinehart Clinic graciously allowed the Trust ample time to fundraise to complete the purchase. LNCT donors overwhelmingly responded to a special appeal to cover the purchase price and closing costs, as well as future stewardship costs. Supporters should take great pride in seeing their donation leveraged to the benefit of the Clinic, another local nonprofit, thereby enhancing two organizations’ efforts to grow and contribute to community resilience.