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Hikes in the Archie Creek Fire area of the North Umpqua River

Published September 19th, 2022

With the trails reopening Diana and Connie went on post fire hike to Fall Creek Falls and Susan Creek Falls. Fall Creek Trail bridge is replaced. The view is of the charred remains of the high intensity fire. There is lush undergrowth and seedlings sprouting with the falls as lovely as ever.

At Susan Creek [...]

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT: AMERICORPS SUPERHEREOS

Published September 10th, 2022

By Kasey Hovik

Fall is always an exciting time for Umpqua Watersheds and me personally because it starts another term for our AmeriCorps program. We are very proud of all the AmeriCorps who have served with us over the last 12 years. Each year our AmeriCorps members continue our environmental education programs which provide so [...]

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WHATS NEW IN OUTREACH

Published September 10th, 2022

By Kasey Hovik

While we continue to face challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are progressing to a new normal in which we are all doing what we can to return to the favorite things we enjoyed prior to the pandemic. Students have returned to the classroom after two years of [...]

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT: STATE OF THE UMPQUA

Published September 10th, 2022

By Janice Reid

On a recent trip to Minnesota via Canada, we visited the west side of the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We had heard about forest harvest practices there and so we were not surprised that very little primary forest remains in this area. Of course, in the Olympic National [...]

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Education Update

Published September 10th, 2022

Exciting New Radio Show Coming Soon!

We will be partnering with Stone Soup Leadership Institute and Green Teacher to produce a podcast featuring the inspiring stories of young change-makers from around the world. Stay tuned for more information! If you would like to offer financial support for this collaboration, please contact our Executive Director [...]

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UMPQUA WATERSHEDS PETITION FOR THE LISTING OF SPRING CHINOOK SALMON

Published September 10th, 2022

By Stanley  Petrowski

Well, here we go again! As most of our faithful members know, Umpqua Watersheds – and a handful of sincerely committed members in particular – has been working for years to preserve the Spring Chinook population of the Pacific Northwest. Because we are passionate about this keystone species, especially the [...]

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KQUA UPDATE

Published September 10th, 2022

By Patrick Schneider

So many great things are happening at KQUA. We are set to reach large parts of the county, we are expanding our programming, and we have more great things in the works.

We are making some progress on getting KQUA up to full power. When KQUA reaches full power, it will [...]

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THE KEYSTONE ROLE OF OAKS IN PNW ECOSYSTEMS

Published September 10th, 2022

By Ken Carloni

A couple of decades ago, a timber company clearcut all the conifers in a forest adjacent to a historic property in Yoncalla. While this was a shocking event for the stewards of that land, they were relieved to see that at least the centuries-old oaks on the property had been left [...]

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CONSERVATION ON A SMALLER SCALE

Published September 10th, 2022

By Angela Jenson

I often write about what our Conservation Committee is doing, the challenges we face in our efforts, and inevitably, the ongoing uphill battle of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Writing to you in this way keeps you apprised of our efforts and ongoing struggles. But it has occurred to me that [...]

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Guest Article: ANNUAL MOONLIGHT TREK AROUND MT. THIELSEN

Published September 10th, 2022

By Paul Nolte

Over thirty years ago I began an annual trek encircling Mt. Thielsen in the Winema and Umpqua National Forests. The inspiration was Holly Jones, who was the head social science librarian at the University of Oregon. He served on the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors in the 70s and was [...]

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