WHAT IS WEBS & WHAT IS WEBS UP TO?
Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach & Sea (WEBS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of volunteers interested in creating opportunities for Netarts Bay area residents, property owners, interested citizens and visitors to learn about and experience the unique natural and cultural history of the area between Cape Meares and Cape Lookout on the northern Oregon Coast, through education.
WEBS strives to:
· Build a “learning community” between the capes that encourages people to become lifelong learners about the area and engage in stewardship of its rich natural and cultural history.
· Build partnerships with other organizations and people that will increase community pride in “their place” and contribute to the vitality of the area.
· Increase the use of Netarts Bay as a place for learning about watersheds, estuaries, beaches and seas.
The WEBS Vision Statement:
WEBS (Watershed, Estuary, Beach & Sea) is a community committed to sustainability through education. As a result of education efforts by WEBS, by the year 2012, the Netarts Watershed will be recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as a unique, pristine, and treasured ecosystem, providing opportunities for recreation, enjoyment, appreciation, and learning. Encouraged and led by WEBS, the local community will support and be engaged in the sustained stewardship of Netarts area beaches, estuaries, wetlands, and watersheds, resulting in their protection and preservation to provide a permanent habitat for wildlife, a resource for learning, a spectacular venue for recreation, a model for other communities, and a continuing source of enhancement of the local economy and quality of life.
WEBS Character, History, People, and Projects:
WEBS seeks to connect place – a very special place – with people, through education. This was longtime Netarts resident Jim Mundell’s vision, and though he is gone from us now, his dream is realized through WEBS. Jim not only left WEBS with a mission, he also left a trust administered by the Oregon Community Foundation to make our work possible. We seek local and regional partners who share a passion for the Netarts Bay area to help us accomplish common goals.
WEBS began as an advisory committee formed by Jim Mundell in 2004. Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS incorporated in October, 2006 and subsequently became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
WEBS currently has an eight board members:
Christine Smith, President, Tillamook OR
John Andersen, Vice President, Gresham OR
Jud Randall, Secretary, Oceanside OR
Benjamin Nunez, Treasurer, Oceanside OR
Lisa Phipps, Tillamook, OR
Clair Thomas, Tillamook OR
Jim Young, Oceanside, OR
Louise Merkens, Lake Oswego, OR
Jerry Reneau and Jim Young, Netarts and Oceanside, Webmasters
· NetartsBayToday Website: We are building a website loaded with information about Netarts Bay and the area Between the Capes, partnering with Oregon State University Libraries and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.
· Second Grade Day on the Bay: WEBS coordinates this field learning experience for second graders from South Prairie Elementary School in Tillamook, partnering with Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Tillamook School District, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and Camp Clark Scout Reservation.
· Cape-To-Cape On Foot: Netarts area trails and beach walks between Cape Meares and Cape Lookout: WEBS has published a trail guide to the wonders of the area.
· Spring & Fall Great Oregon Beach Cleanup: WEBS hosts the Netarts Bay Boat Ramp beach cleanup meeting site during the coast-wide cleanup each year.
To Contact WEBS: