Timeline of Progress

Project history

July 2021

Appraisal of the future Arch Cape Forest Property is conducted.

June 2021

The Arch Cape Forest Project is identified as a natural infrastructure project in the Oregon legislative session and is recommended for $2M in funding.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting held on Watershed Forestry in Arch Cape.

Mason Bruce and Girard is selected to perform an appraisal of the property.

May 2021

The Arch Cape Forest Project is presented to the Joint Subcommittee on Capital Construction.

April 2021

Virtual Community Town Hall Q&A Meeting held.

The Arch Cape Forest Project is presented to the Oregon Joint Ways and Means Committee.

March 2021

Arch Cape Forest Project is awarded $2.5M through the Federal Forest Legacy Program in partnership with Oregon Dept. of Forestry. 

March 13, 2021
December 2020

Virtual Community Town Hall Q&A Meeting Held.

October 2020

The Arch Cape Forest Advisory Committee is convened to develop the Multi-Resource Forest Management Plan for the property.

September 2020

The Arch Cape Forest Outreach Committee is formed with consultation and support provided by North Coast Land Conservancy. North Coast Land Conservancy begins serving as  the Water District's fiscal sponsor for private fundraising for the project.

March 13, 2021
August 2020

North Coast Land Conservancy begins providing media communications support for the project.

July 2020

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.

June 2020

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.

May 2020

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

April 2020

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.

February 2020

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.

January 2020

$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.

December 2019

The Arch Cape Forest Finance Committee is convened to develop an acquisition and operations financial plan for the property.

November 2019

The Water District secures a $30K Drinking Water Source Protection Grant through Oregon DEQ and Business Oregon to develop the Arch Cape Forest Watershed Plan.

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

October 2019

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

August 2019

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

July 2019

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

June 2019

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.

May 2019

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.

April 2019

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

march 2019

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

December 2018

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.

November 2018

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

September 2018

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.

August 2018

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

July 2018

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

May 2018

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).

April 2018

The website is developed for public engagement. 

march 2018

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

November 2017

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

october 2017

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

August 2017

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

July 2017

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

June 2017

ACWD submits DEQ 319 Grant for technical assistance.

May 2017

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

April 2017

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

January 2017

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

Winter 2016

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

Fall 2016

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

Fall 2016

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