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Conserved: The Rainforest Reserve

Located adjacent to Oswald West State Park and above Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, the Rainforest Reserve is part of an uninterrupted 32-square-mile conservation corridor that stretches from the summits of 3,000-foot peaks within the Oregon Coast Range to Short Sand Beach and the sandy seabed and rocky reefs of the nearshore ocean. This type of protected land-to-sea corridor is unmatched in the state of Oregon.

On Oct. 26, 2021, on the heels of a five-year campaign spearheaded by North Coast Land Conservancy, the Rainforest Reserve was permanently conserved to be a place brimming with critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife and plant species, to help them adapt to a changing world, while also supporting the surrounding communities. MORE


  • A snowy Rainforest Reserve dazzles behind the Necanicum Estuary in Gearhart. The reserve is an important part of the backdrop for several communities on the northern Oregon Coast. Photo by John Dudley
  • Olympic onion (Allium crenulatum) is one of two types of onion found growing at the summit of Onion Peak in the Rainforest Reserve; the other is nodding onion. Neither is a rare plant species, but they do help give the peak its unique character. 
  • Executive Director Katie Voelke puts up a temporary boundary sign in the Rainforest Reserve after finalizing the acquisition in October.
  • Staff and board members gather at Ticor Title in Seaside for the official closing on the Rainforest Reserve on Oct. 26, 2021.