Who We Are2018-12-11T14:17:39+00:00


The Upper Nehalem Watershed Council was founded in 1996 to help maintain the health of the waterways and wildlife in the Upper Nehalem Valley. Nestled in the northwest corner of Oregon, the UNWC works with other organizations, community members, and stakeholders to complete projects and share information.

Having a healthy watershed is important. It impacts animals and vegetation which, in turn, have consequences for people and communities. A poorly managed watershed can see loss of habitat and species, contribute to larger flood events, and impact the economy.

With so many key interests, collaboration and cooperation are vital. The UNWC provides a framework for all stakeholder voices to be heard and to coordinate efforts towards shared goals.

Mission Statement: To foster stewardship and understanding of the natural resources of the Upper Nehalem Watershed among the stakeholders of the watershed communities in order to protect, conserve, restore and sustain the health and functions of the watershed.

Vision Statement: A balanced ecosystem that supports a healthy watershed which provides for an economic base and viable watershed communities.

The Team

Maggie Peyton

Executive Director and founding member of the UNWC.

Wade Bullier

Chairperson of UNWC board of directors and long time resident of Vernonia, Oregon.

Jeff Walton

Owner of Vernonia Springs and board member for UNWC.

Jeremy Sapp

Treasurer for Upper Nehalem Watershed Council.  Currently works for Weyerhaeuser in the Nehalem River drainage.  Born and raised in Idaho and Montana, Jeremy moved to Oregon about 20 years ago joining dozens of relatives who have lived in the greater Columbia River gorge area for over 130 years.  In 2008, he moved to Mount Vernon, Washington and worked for Longview Timber.  While in Washington he was accepted into the 36th  AgForestry class and after 6 years in the fertile Skagit Valley, he moved to Forest Grove where he and his family live now.  Jeremy, his wife, and their two boys love biking, running, and exploring local and distant places.

Sye Laird

Sye Laird has been a Upper Nehalem Watershed Council board member since 2016. He lives on Rock Creek, stewarding a beautiful piece of diverse timberland, pruning fruit trees, and working for Fall Creek Woodworking. Sye particularly enjoys the process of turning a sustainably harvested log into lumber and eventually creating a building, staircase, or piece of furniture. Having spent time on Rock Creek his whole life, Sye is motivated to help protect the watershed that supports our community.

Contact Us

Upper Nehalem Watershed Council
1201 Texas Ave. Suite A
Vernonia, OR 97064

(503) 429.0869