North Coast Land Conservancy, landowner sign deal for Boneyard Ridge

Key Tillamook Head parcel headed for preservation.

NCLC staff on Boneyard ridge

NCLC staff look from a clearing on the Boneyard Ridge property towards Seaside and their Circle Creek Preserve.

(c) R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian

Published on March 17, 2016 

A critical 360-acre land parcel on Tillamook Head will be transferred from timber property to conservation corridor.

The North Coast Land Conservancy and GreenWood Resources signed a sales agreement Monday for Boneyard Ridge on Tillamook Head for $1.3 million. The purchase will create 3,500 connected acres from the summit of Tillamook Head to the Necanicum River Valley.

“This agreement as of Monday is a full purchase agreement,” North Coast Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Voelke said. “Not only are all parties in, but we know what the cost will be, we’ve agreed on it, and we know what the closing date will be.”

Boneyard Ridge will serve as a link between Ecola State Park, which stretches along the Tillamook Head shoreline, and the land conservancy’s Circle Creek Habitat Reserve in the Necanicum River floodplain west of U.S. Highway 101 at the south end of Seaside.

The site’s dramatic name came from the discovery of elk bones by hunters on the property.Boneyard Ridge and surrounding area

The conservancy’s goal is to allow the land to mature into a complex rainforest of the kind that once characterized headlands along the Oregon Coast.

The sale was stalled after ownership shifted from Campbell Global to GreenWood Resources, Voelke said.

“It had to go through a whole process again of review, approving it, looking at it against company goals,” Voelke said. “That added a whole new layer to it.”

The purchase will be funded by individual donors and a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Voelke said. Together, they have raised about $1.1 million of the $1.3 million total.

“All we need is another $200,000,” Voelke said. “It’s the final push.”

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