International Oregon Coastal Cleanup - Manzanita, Oregon
Sponsored by Ocean Blue - September 14, 2019
"Do it for the Beaches"
Manzanita Cleanup Map
Somewhere around 45 million years ago or so, a series of enormous lava flows plodded their way across prehistoric Oregon from what is now Idaho. These massive lava flows inched along slowly, but sometimes as high as 30 feet in some spots, destroying forests and anything else in their path.
When they reached this area, they filled up large canyons and cooled into basalt rock. Eventually, the outer layers of the soil eroded away and the ground often sank, leaving headlands like Neahkanie Mountain, Tillamook Rock near Seaside and Cannon Beach, Cape Meares and others along the coast
Wild Shipwreck Tales
Somewhere just before 1700 a Spanish galleon wrecked here on the Nehalem Spit, not far from the mouth of the Nehalem River. Since then, chunks of beeswax with numbers carved into them have been found along these beaches – something that has greatly slowed since the 70's, however.
The PBS show History Detectives looked into it a few years back and discovered the beeswax came from one of two Spanish vessels: the Santo Cristo de Burgos or the San Francisco Xavier.
A group in the area called the Beeswax Project has been looking for this shipwreck, and over the years all kinds of detective work has been done, including radar soundings beneath the ground and more. This shipwreck has even sparked a host of legends about the Spanish burying treasure somewhere in the forest hills above town, but evidence for this is diminishing rather quickly. Read More:
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
International Oregon Coastal Cleanup w/Ocean Blue Celebration
Nehalem Beach, at the end of Laneda Ave, Manzanita, Oregon.
1st street at the end of Laneda Ave runs into the Ocean and the Ocean Blue cleanup event tour.
On the beach. Look for Ocean Blue Project flags and sign up table.
Glass is a possible thing found on beaches.
If available, please bring:
Reusable water bottle, warm clothes, rain gear, and a recycled box or bag to collect beach debris.
Note: We do not use plastic bags to cleanup beaches.
Event Sign Up Questions: