WHO WE ARE
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.
Executive Director and founding member of the UNWC.
Wade Bullier is a fourth generation native Oregonian engaged in the management of a family-owned wood lot located on Rock Creek in southwest Columbia County, Oregon. His interest in the stewardship of natural resources, including timber, clean air, water, and permaculture agricultural practices, is passed on from his grandparents, Raymond W. Cummins and Thelma Pettijohn Cummins.
Wade serves on the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council as Chairperson and is a lifelong salmon fisherman, whose photograph (above) indicates how that all began. Photo credit: R.W. Cummins (1958) / Joel Davis (2019).
Jeff Walton is the owner of Vernonia Springs and Vice Chairperson for UNWC.
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.
Susan and her family own acreage with timber and farm ground for a herd of Black Angus cattle. The priority of the farm they live and work on is the health of the land through conservation and stewardship. She joined the UNWC board in 2018.
Rick is a member of the Fishhawk Lake community in Birkenfeld and acts as a representative of Fishhawk Lake Reserve & Community. He is a member of the Solutions Committee at the lake and is responsible for lake monitoring of biological activity to ensure a healthy environment for the lake and fish.
Owner of an interior landscape company for 30 years in Salem Oregon helped to develop a true since of our natural world. He retired and moved to Fishhawk.
Rick joined the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council in 2018 and became a board member because the work that the Watershed Council does is vitally important to the Nehalem valley. He is also an avid fly fisherman.
Richard Stein lives in Vernonia Oregon. His (past) career was creating employment opportunities for people who experience disabilities. Now he divides his time between designing with wood on the lathe, building timber-based playground structures for parks, and taking his dog, Buddy, to swim in Rock Creek. He joined the UNWC board of directors in 2018.
Upper Nehalem Watershed Council
1201 Texas Ave. Suite A
Vernonia, OR 97064