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About Grass Mountain

                                                  About Grass Mountain

View from the Grass Mountain House

In June 2017 Sitka acquired Grass Mountain, an 80-acre property within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. About a mile from the existing Sitka location, Grass Mountain will operate as a programmatically integrated second site. Over time Sitka will experiment with new ideas and be actively engaged in the stweardship of this inspiring nd remote property.

For hundreds of years the only settlements near Cascade Head and the Salmon River were the villages of the indigenous peoples. In the 1870s white settlers began to arrive. by 1900, the area was being homesteaded for the grazing of cattle, the growing of crops and the cultivation of timber.

That's what brought Nettie Long to Cascade Head. In 1905 at the age of 17 she came to the Oregon Coast and staked a claim to 160 acres. After her husband Bert Walls passed away she lived on the land for 60 years with her only son. They would call the property Grass Mountain because of its open meadows, a name also used to describe Cascade Head itself. Nettie died in 1965, five years before the Sitka Center was even founded. Over the next 40 years Nettie's son, Bob Walls, cultivated timber as Sitka grew and flourished only a mile away. When Bob died in 2011 his family had farmed that land for more than 100 years.

What does the futurehold for Grass Mountain? Sitka has existed at Cascade Head since 1970 with a reverence for its histories, ecology, and cultures. As we become stewards of Grass Mountain we honor those who loved the land before us - the indigenous people, Nettie Long, Bob and Arlene Walls. To share these stories and the land with future generations, in the coming years Sitka will thoughtfully develop prorgams at Grass Mountain that promote stewardship and deepen an understanding of ecology through art, science, and attention to this remarkable place.

Sitka wishes to thank the small group of incredibly generous donors who made this acquisition possible. We also wish to acknowledge the patience, generosity, and creative vision of Sitka's founders, Frank and Jane Boyden, and the gift of time and talent by many members of Sitka's board and community that shepherded this acquisition from vision into reality.

If you would like to participate in supporting Sitka's operation of Grass Mountain, please consider making a donation today! Click Here to Donate

Grass Mountain Donors

Cornerstone - $250,000

Maribeth Collins

Foundation - $100,000

Frank and Jane Boyden

Dr. Kennon McKee

Jordan and Arlene Schnitzer

Yarg Foundation

Pillar - $5,000-$25,000

Tom and Ellen Abrego

Duncan and Melany Berry

Philip Darney and Uta Landy

Sarah Greene and Chris Kiilsgaard

Bill Hale and Judy Matthies, in memory of Clemens Laufenberg

Oneatta Fund of OCF

Lisa and David Platt

Judy Schwartz Sorrel

Nancy and Charles Tauman

Dan Twitchell

Kristin and Nicholas Walrod

Janet Webster

Merrill Weyerhaeuser and Pat Welly

Tim and Martha Wylder

Courtyard- up to $4,999


Heidi Beebe and Doug Skidmore

Lee Diane Collins

Laura Garnier

Tom Gory and Vivian Lucero

Bob Hazen and Joanne Mulcahy

Corinne and Wade Newbegin

The Parra Family

Ruth Spetter

George and Margot Voorhies Thompson

Christy and Laura Wyckoff