Umpqua Watersheds Blog

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Big Tom Right-of-Way Update

Published June 13th, 2022

By Janice Reid

I spent 33 years studying the federally listed northern spotted owl (NSO) for the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management (RBLM) office. I took my position as a research scientist seriously and did not participate in the management side of federal employment. Over the [...]

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New Climate Change Page

Published March 9th, 2022


Check out the new Climate Change page on the UW website…

It contains lots of great information about the ins and outs of the climate crisis, how it affects us here in the PNW, and how we can mitigate against it. Includes links to other credible [...]

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Published March 8th, 2022

Our Conservation Committee has a great deal to report since our last newsletter, but I want to first share some personal news.

July to December of last year was a very difficult time for me. Along with the ongoing pandemic, life presented many personal challenges that distracted me from the work I love. As [...]

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Tell President Biden – U.S. Climate Strategy Must Protect Forests

Published February 15th, 2022


Our mature and old-growth are some of our most powerful climate solutions. But these forests are still being logged when they should be set aside for carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and clean water.

We need the Biden administration to understand that forest defense is climate defense! 


When we protect our older forests [...]

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly….

Published December 8th, 2021

Conservation Committee Update:

Janice Reid & Angela Jensen

Let’s start with a few “good” news items. In 2019, Oregon conservation groups filed ballot initiatives to reform Oregon’s outdated Forest Practices Act (Act). Concerned with the lack of environmental and habitat protection afforded by the Act, conservation groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with [...]

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Umpqua Watersheds Executive Director talks about the Forest Accord

Published November 26th, 2021
‘A new vision for forestry’ created through compromise between timber industry, environmentalists 1 of 2

Lone Rock land management crew member Jose Calvillo plants 2-year-old Douglas fir seedlings in the Callahan Mountains west of Roseburg in 2017. Photo credit by MICHAEL SULLIVAN/The News-Review

Robyn Bath [...]

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UW joins with other Conservation Groups to question Danger Tree removal on the Umpqua National Forest

Published November 22nd, 2021

Last month Umpqua Watersheds filed a complaint against the US Forest Service challenging their decision to indiscriminately remove trees along 65 miles of public roads comprising nearly 2600 acres of the Umpqua National Forest.

On Aug 18, 2021, the Forest Service issued a final decision on its proposed Archie Creek Fire Roadside Danger Tree Project [...]

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Restoration Update Fall 2021

Published September 9th, 2021


Challenges and Opportunities


Since the early 2000s, wildfires have been getting larger, faster moving, and more destructive to homes, infrastructure, and forestlands. This is partly due to climate change and partly due to the legacy of the wholesale conversion of native forests to highly flammable tree [...]

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Conservation Committee Update Fall 2021

Published September 9th, 2021

Public Trust and Oregon’s Private Forests, Part 1… Angela Jensen

Environmental groups, like-minded individuals, and families in rural Oregon have long been concerned about industrial logging practices on private lands. With the unrestricted leveling of forest habitat and ecosystems, the ubiquitous use of pesticides, and the disregard for neighboring citizens sharing water and atmosphere, [...]

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National Geographic highlights latest Spotted Owl Research

Published June 25th, 2021
Article recopied from National Geographic Despite massive effort, spotted owl populations at an all-time low

A threatened owl could disappear from much of its range unless old-growth forests are protected and invasive barred owls are controlled.


The northern spotted owl has long been [...]

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