Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve – Video

Fall of 2020 I was contacted by representatives of Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve to participate in a listening tour they were conducting with various County stakeholders. Essentially, they appear to be using a listening tour concept for documenting the community’s general understanding and awareness of the reserve. At that time I was completely unaware of it’s United Nations designation and what it might all mean.

In December 2020 my son and I hiked Hart’s Cove Trail and I’ve spent more time diving into the structural aspects of why the UN created the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and continuing to research various threads related to the subject. My first blog post can be found here (

A few weeks ago I published the video on this subject. My intention is to amplify our reserve and the opportunities that run parallel with it as a UN defined area. Additionally, I have learned about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In my mind they provide a structural framework – a tangible vison – for how we might aspire, define and measure our community’s health and wellness across many dimensions of life experience.

While it might be seen as a lofty aspiration: “leaving no-one behind” in spirit, economic, social, and environmental dimensions of human experience: I believe we need to pursue it. One of the better videos on this can be viewed here. Community Foundations of Canada, provides a high-level overview as to what the UN SDGs are and why they’re important at the local, national and international level.

More to come on this from me…

Survival Tips: Go Bag & Foraging

I recently put together a quick video demonstrating the contents of my go bag. Each member of our family has one and we keep them our in our vehicles. It’s my call to action for you. Put together both a go bag and a plan. Are you ready to evacuate quickly? And where exactly do you plan to go?

Oregon Coast residents are now painfully aware of the potential for wildfire. In September of 2020 we lost 300 residences to the Echo Mountain Fire Complex. Additionally, we are located near the Cascadia Subduction Zone and live with the anticipation of “when – not – if” for earthquake and tsunami hazards.

Lot’s of resources on the Emergency Management section of Lincoln County’s website.

Several weeks ago, Reed and I learned how to forage for seafood during Newport Parks and Recreation’s “Low Tide Learning; Survival Foods”. Since then we have made a couple of trips on our own and seemed to have remembered enough to gather more goodies.

This field trip is one example of the many engaging opportunities offered by Parks and Rec. Check out the City’s online catalogue for their upcoming programs.