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    A10 • Friday, April 19, 2019 | Cannon Beach Gazette |
Celebrating the 12 Days of Earth Days
Coast Weekend
The Oregon sea otter is the topic of a lecture at the Cannon
Beach History Center and Museum.
Sea otters of the Oregon Coast
Cannon Beach Gazette
Celebrate Earth Day at
the Cannon Beach History
Center and Museum with
a talk about sea otters on
Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m.
Sea otters of Oregon are
a missing keystone spe-
cies and expert Robert Bai-
ley will talk about how the
history of why Oregon is
where it is and how we
can make some changes.
The presentation will be
Once common on the Ore-
gon coast, sea otters were
hunted nearly to extinc-
tion for their rich fur in the
late 1700s and early 1800s.
Their loss was a signifi cant
blow to coastal native peo-
ple and to the marine envi-
ronment. Although sea
otters have returned else-
where, they remain missing
in Oregon. What will it take
to help them return?
This talk will explore the
history of sea otters in Ore-
gon, their ecological and
cultural importance, and the
prospects for their return
and recovery. It will touch
on the mission of the Elakha
Alliance, an Oregon non-
profi t organization devoted
to sea otter conservation.
The Cannon Beach His-
tory Center and Museum
hosts a series of off-sea-
son lectures on various top-
ics from astrophysics to Sir
Francis Drake. The Cannon
Beach History Center and
Museum is open Wednes-
day through Monday, from
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Cannon Beach His-
tory Center and Museum
also features the his-
tory of Cannon Beach and
Arch Cape, a longhouse
replica, tide pool exhibit,
and the cannon that Can-
non Beach is named for.
For more information visit or call
Help knock out knotweed
on the Necanicum River
Cannon Beach Gazette
North Coast Land Con-
servancy is seeking volun-
teers for one more assault on
invasive Japanese knotweed
that had spread widely in its
Necanicum Forest Habi-
tat Reserve east of Seaside.
Join them for this steward-
ship day Wednesday, April
17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Knotweed is a robust
weed, native to Eurasia,
that has invaded riverside
forests on Oregon’s North
Coast. It was widely planted
in logging camps and along
headwater streams in the
1900s. Floods transported
root masses downstream,
creating huge infestations
on many Oregon rivers,
including the Necanicum.
cirector Melissa Reich at
or call 503-738-9126 to
attend. Wear gloves and
work boots. NCLC will
supply the necessary tools.
Bring water and snacks/
ca n n on
bea ch
lunch; there is no potable
water at the site, and no toi-
lets. Dogs are not allowed
on any NCLC proper-
ties. For more details, visit
Local and not-so-lo-
cal environmentalists are
fl ocking to Cannon Beach
through Monday, April 22,
for the 10th annual 12 Days
of Earth Day. The celebra-
tion has become a city tradi-
tion and a way for commit-
ted local environmentalists
to care for the Earth in
Organizers bring in dif-
ferent lecturers every year
but maintain popular events
like the Earth Day Street
Fair and the Gaylord Nel-
son community potluck,
where every year a citizen
of Cannon Beach is hon-
ored with the Gaylord Nel-
son Award and leads the
Earth Day Parade the fol-
lowing day. Nelson founded
Earth Day in 1970.
“There’s a little bit of
something for everyone,
and there are chances to get
your hands dirty with our
an ivy pull, micro-plastic
removal and tree planting,”
said Barb Knop, chair of the
12 Days of Earth Commit-
tee. “I’m a retired school
teacher, so I love the tree
planting event we do. We
have some trees that were
planted by kids who are
now juniors and seniors in
high school and their trees
are full size now, and so are
A new event added to
this year’s schedule is orga-
nized by Champions for
Cetaceans, which Ed John-
son and his step-daugh-
ter Kirsten Massebeau
founded. They have invited
guest speaker Era Horton
from the American Ceta-
cean Society’s Oregon
Chapter to discuss cetacean
species and whale watch-
ing on the Oregon Coast,
and threats to cetaceans
Massebeau said one of
the threats facing cetacean,
which includes whales and
dolphins, is Navy sonar and
Brenna Visser/Cannon Beach Gazette
Kindergartners from the Cannon Beach Academy get ready to take a photo with a fl ag giving
Cannon Beach the distinction of “Tree City USA” as a part of the 12 Days of Earth Day event
in 2018.
seismic testing to search for
offshore oil and gas. They
use seismic air guns that set
off recurring loud blasts to
identify buried oil and gas
deposits. The loud noise
harms and can even kill
marine life.
“I’m grateful to say that
we live on a coastline where
there will not be seismic
testing,” she said. “When
the Navy came down here
to talk to us we had a huge
turnout in Astoria. It wasn’t
just dolphin activists, but
fi shermen that are trying
to protect their livelihood
and jobs. We live in a pretty
powerful ocean community
here, and I’m really grateful
for that.”
Massebeau and John-
son are enthusiastic to
include an event about ceta-
ceans this year, but they’re
equally excited for all the
“The thing that makes it
so wonderful is the interplay
between people that have
their hearts in this stuff,”
said Johnson, a former sci-
ence teacher and longtime
environmental activist.
Planet patrol
Both he and Knop said
that the 12-day event could
not have happened without
the city of Cannon Beach’s
support. “They support us
very much, and the Pub-
lic Works staff goes above
and beyond to help us with
all the different activities,”
Knop said. “The entire city
staff is a wonderful group
of people, and they sup-
port us in any way that they
When U.S. Bank told the
committee they couldn’t
accommodate the street fair
in their parking lot this year,
they considered moving the
fair even farther away from
foot traffi c. Johnson sug-
gested they have the fair
on a street instead. So the
city is closing a minor street
on Second Street between
“We decided to bring it
forward, not move it back-
ward,” said Cannon Beach
City Manager Bruce St.
tal stewardship is a core
value of the city, and the
fact that folks are looking
at Earth Day and extending
it out for additional events
and additional opportuni-
ties for awareness makes it
very important to the city of
Cannon Beach and who we
Johnson said that St.
Denis has been instrumen-
tal in helping the commit-
tee through logistical chal-
lenges. “Even when Bruce
doesn’t have to attend meet-
ings, he’s there to help us,”
Johnson said. “These things
would not have happened
without him.”
St. Denis has been the
Cannon Beach city man-
ager for a year and said he
feels fortunate to be a part
of a city that takes environ-
mentalism seriously.
Knop said that, though
it is diffi cult to organize a
12-day event, she works
with a great group of peo-
ple, and what they create
makes it all worth it.
“The goal is to celebrate
the Earth and make people
aware that there are many
things we can do to protect
the Earth,” she said.
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