Neskowin landowner, with help from North Coast Land Conservancy, creates 36-acre preserve in southern Tillamook County

From Tillamook County Pioneeroriginal source article

The following is a press release from the North Coast Land Conservancy:

Butte Creek Habitat Reserve | Photo courtesy of North Coast Land Conservancy

NESKOWIN, Ore. – On June 7, the North Coast Land Conservancy received a donation of 36 acres of forestland just east of Neskowin. The property includes land on both banks of Butte Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary of Neskowin Creek.

Conservation of this land was the vision of landowner and Neskowin resident Sue Gabriel, who in 2011 purchased a parcel of forested land on Butte Creek with the goal of protecting a beloved ancient Sitka spruce she calls “Heshe.”

Gabriel then began looking for an organization to which she could donate this parcel and a smaller parcel nearby, also along Butte Creek, for protection in perpetuity. In addition to the donation of land, Gabriel provided financial support that will allow NCLC to manage the properties in perpetuity for the conservation values they possess. Sue represents the type of enthusiastic landowner NCLC treasures working with to protect important habitats along the Oregon coast.

Headquartered in Seaside, North Coast Land Conservancy has been working since 1986 to conserve and connect the landscape of the Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to northern Lincoln County. To date NCLC has conserved nearly 4800 acres of habitat on the Oregon Coast—seven-and-a-half square miles of forest, wetland, and coastal prairie and the rivers and creeks that run through them. For more information, visit