Timeline of Progress

Project history

The Land Water Conservation Fund is passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States, permanently and fully funding the Land & Water Conservation Fund, from which the Forest Legacy Program is funded.

Clatsop County Commissioners approve FY 2020-21 Budget, with $250,000 designated in special projects fund to be used toward match for Arch Cape Forest FLP $1 million grant.

Arch Cape Water District (ACWD) enters into Option Agreement with Onion Peak Holdings LLC for purchase of 1,521 acres.

FLP Recommended Priority Funding List comes out for fiscal year 2021. Arch Cape Forest is No. 22 out of 29 Projects nationally for $2.5 million funding.

ACWD receives official notice from ODF that the USFS has awarded $1 million for Phase 1 of the Arch Cape Forest Project. ACWD presents the project to the Oregon House Committee on Water in Salem at a hearing on Natural Infrastructure Solutions for Oregon.

$30,000 Sourcewater Protection Grant contract executed with Business Oregon and Oregon DEQ to remedy a failing section of road near the community’s main water source. EFM partners on the project to reroute the road, providing greater protection to the water source.

Final Forest Legacy grant application for $2.5 million submitted for national review.

ACWD holds property tour as part of the Association of Oregon Counties District 7 quarterly meeting.

ACWD presents Forest Legacy Grant to ODF Stewardship Committee in Salem (third attempt).

Work begins on drafting a Purchase and Sales Agreement with EFM.

ACWD staff and Board request support from Clatsop County Commissioners for $250,000 in match funding for the $1 million prospective grant. Field tour of property held for the community.

Arch Cape Forest Field Tour held for community. We receive news that the Arch Cape Forest project is named to the Priority Funding List for Forest Legacy 2020 funding for $1 million.

Scotch Broom Removal Volunteer Community Event held in the Arch Cape Forest.

Community Workshop/Event about watershed protection, community forestry, and the acquisition plan of the project is held at Arch Cape Fire Hall.

Timber inventory of entire property completed. ACWD staff present the project with Sustainable NW at Oregon DEQ/Oregon Health Authority’s Source Water Protection Workshop at ODF building in Tillamook.

Forest Legacy Grant Application goes to national review (second attempt). A public kickoff meeting/workshop is also held about the project in Arch Cape.

The National Program Coordinator for the Forest Legacy Program tours the property with members of ODF, USFS, NCLC, and ACWD and is presented with project plans.

OWEB Stakeholder Engagement grant is acquired for the hiring of an outreach coordinator for a one-year term.

ACWD budgets $55,000 for a timber inventory/appraisal of the property. Timber Inventory completed by SilviaTerra.

AC Watershed is the feature tour of the NW Community Forest Forum – bringing 200 industry professionals together to focus on forestry, economy, and environment. Also, the Forest Legacy Grant is submitted to ODF (Round 2).

The archcapeforest.org website is developed for public engagement. 

The Water District partners with Schwabe Law for initial pro-bono legal services related to the project.

Forest Legacy Application is sent to Washington D.C. for the National Review Round. 

Visioning work begins on a mission statement and public engagement strategy.

ACWD and North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) present the Forest Legacy project to ODF Stewardship Committee in Salem (first attempt).

ACWD Board and Staff take an informational tour of the Bear Creek Watershed put on by the City of Astoria.

ACWD submits DEQ 319 Grant for technical assistance.

ACWD and NCLC submit a Forest Legacy grant application to the U.S. Forest Service (first attempt).

ACWD partners with the nonprofit, Sustainable Northwest, to provide assistance with the project.

ACWD partners with NCLC to secure 5,000 acres in total for drinking water protection, conservation, forestry, and recreation.

Arch Cape Water District (ACWD) begins discussing the idea of community forestry

Onion Peak Holdings purchase property from Stimson Lumber, acting as a bridge buyer to foster NCLC's Rainforest Reserve Campaign.

Ecotrust Forest Management purchased the property from Stimson Lumber.

2019 Planned activities

Pursue fundraising opportunities to make up the difference between the Forest Legacy Grant amount and the purchase price

March 13, 2021
March 13, 2021

Arch Cape Domestic

Water Supply District

32065 east shingle mill lane

Arch Cape, OR 97102


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