Upper Nehalem Watershed Council

Minutes from January 2010 Board Meeting

Written by Jessica Jones, consultant


Jake Dixon, VHS Student Project (Senior Project)

Rachel Wilcoxen, VHS, Wants to bring OYCC back to VHS

Diana Nish, MTC

Mike Justice

Eric Lark

The Carmichaels

Gil McClean

Fella who was referred by governor’s office?

ODOT Clatsop?



David Slader


Board members present:

Cory Colburn

Dennis Nelson

Jason Bush


Not present:

Cindy Ball



The meeting starts on time at 7 pm.


Maggie passed out treasurer’s reports and balance sheets.  She reports that historically the UNWC has held the public board meeting once a month.  Now, the meetings will be held quarterly.  Executive meetings are open to the public as well.


She announced the UNWC’s office eviction at the Vernonia Community Learning Center.  Cory Colburn said that the board should address the city of Vernonia and asked who the board should speak to at the city.  Eric Lark answered that the board should talk to Bob Young, the current city administrator.  Some discussion ensued to this effect between Cory and Maggie and Gil McClean about service area and the city limits.  Cory told Maggie that she shouldn’t be dealing with this alone.  Maggie said that she would like to talk to congressman Wu.  “We bring in a lot of people, “ Maggie also quoted herself from a city council meeting shortly after her verbal eviction notice from Bob Young.


The film, “Changing Course” was shown.  Questions followed.


(All answers unless noted are from Maggie Peyton.)


Question from David Slader:  What is the rule putting wood in the main stem Nehalem?


Answer from Maggie:  There is a protocol to follow.


Answer from Weyerhauser representative:  1 1/2 x….


Question from David Slader:  Is there an association of landowners on the river?


Answer from Dennis:  That is us (meaning the UNWC board).


David Slader:  It might be a good idea, clout, to have one.


Maggie:  More than 100 landowners have been successfully signed.


Question:  Will program continue (Streambank, referring to film)?


A:  I hope so.


Q:  How do you get projects?  Do you look for them?  Does one come to a meeting?


A:  All ways.  Years of assessment and planning.


Q:  How can I continue my project?


A:  We’ll talk after meeting.


Maggie said that Lamprey are on the Nehalem but not in abundance.  They are not studied.  Also, she said that Coho are lower than they ever been been.  There was a story from an attendee (not noted) who related a story about large lamprey in a small pool.


Maggie asks the attendees and board for a treasurer and Cory asks the attendees for new board members.  Gil McClean said he would volunteer and mentioned the Knott Street “dam” and Knott Street “pond”.


Cory relates that help is needed with the nuts and bolts of operations, which are “not fun”.  He stated that also needed are the tracking of expenses and employees.  “Projects are good but what is really needed is help with operations.”


Gil McClean had a lot to say about culverts and channels and stories about aquatic life.  He related a story about doing channel diversion with his own shovel, “water did most of the work”.


Maggie then showed a slide presentation of the Tweedle Project (Carmichael’s property) which is past the Jewelll school heading toward highway 26.  She said that the UNWC wants to reconnect the Nehalem River back to the prehistoric flood plain.  “We will work hard to understand the land before we move any dirt with bird and soil surveys and wetland delineation.”  She spoke to Tweedle project elements and showed 3-4 slides per project.


Q:  Where do you get trees?


A:  We use a federal nursery to propagate seeds from locally harvested seeds.  Basically the trees are free.  There is also a satellite nursery at Maggie’s home.


Maggie showed historic aerial images from 1965 of the Vernonia, Mist and Jewell areas.    She told the attendees that ODFW, BLM, DEQ, OSU, avian experts and botanists are involved with Tweedle, which is a large project.  Grid has been put there to document work done by visitors.


Maggie spoke about the Justice project next with slides.


Q:  What kind of trees are good fro root wads?


A:  Cedar and Doug Fir


The next UNWC board meeting is scheduled for April 22nd, 2010.  Dennis mentioned that Hobe Kytr of the Gilnetters would like to speak to the UNWC.  Also, it is hoped that ODFW district biologist will talk about the state of the salmon.