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Umpqua Watersheds joins lawsuit to Protect Salmon

Published April 25th, 2021

 

Environmental Groups Threaten To Sue To Protect Chinook Salmon Published April 22, 2021 at 10:31 AM PDT LISTEN • https://www.ijpr.org/show/the-jefferson-exchange/2021-04-22/fri-8-am-environmental-groups-threaten-to-sue-to-protect-chinook-salmon Riccardo Rossi, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15140983 /

It can be hard to keep track of all the various species and runs of fish that do and do not have federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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From the Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

Published April 25th, 2021
OPINION Salvage does not aid ecological recovery of forests Jerry F. Franklin and K. Norman Johnson Guest Opinion View Comments

There are many reasons why people may wish to salvage trees after wildfires like those that occurred in the western Cascades last September, including getting [...]

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Protecting Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

Published April 9th, 2021
NFS and Partners Crank Up The Heat To Protect Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

Native Fish Society, along with our co-petitioners at the Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds, have filed a notice of our intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the agency to decide whether Oregon coast Spring-run Chinook Salmon [...]

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Wasson and Franklin Creeks Comprehensive River Management Plan

Published March 25th, 2021

The Siuslaw National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coos Bay District invite you to provide input as we begin the planning process for the Wasson and Franklin Creeks Comprehensive River Management Plan. Segments of Wasson Creek and Franklin Creek were designated as additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in [...]

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Conservation and Restoration Update

Published March 7th, 2021

UNLSH is off and running … Janice Reid & Cindy Haws

Umpqua Natural Leadership Science Hub (UNLSH) is a non-profit organization started by former UW Executive Director, Cindy Haws. UNLSH’s mission is to provide hands-on science learning and leadership opportunities to students and communities in Douglas County, Oregon.

Due to data gaps in life [...]

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Timber Tax Testimony requested

Published February 23rd, 2021

Dear Douglas County Water and Forest Advocates:

It is time to testify and lobby for improved timber tax fairness.  SIGN UP TODAY (LINKS BELOW)

We are calling on you to participate in a public hearing (or written testimony) on the Severance Timber tax bills on Thursday, Feb 25th and [...]

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Wyden’s Bill Comes to Life!

Published February 13th, 2021
After over 2 years of research, many town halls and public meetings, and 15,000 nominations from Oregonians across the state, Senator Ron Wyden’s River Democracy Act of 2021 has come to life. Senator Wyden put out the call for Oregonians to nominate their favorite rivers and streams for consideration in a new river protection bill. [...]

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From the Conservation/ Legal Director ….Angela Jensen

Published December 2nd, 2020

In our last newsletter, I ended my article by asking readers to vote as if the climate of our children and grandchildren depended on it. And you did. In fact, the nation did. In excess of 6 million votes, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have become the nation’s choice to succeed President Trump. While every [...]

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Wilderness Committee Update Winter 2020

Published December 2nd, 2020

By Bob Hoehne

Our hearts and prayers are with our many friends and neighbors who lost their homes in the recent fires. Some were UW members, and on the Wilderness Committee, care and support for them need to be ongoing.
The committee has been working steadily on the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal. Susan Applegate [...]

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Forest Management and Wildfire: Myth Meets Reality

Published December 2nd, 2020

Here we go again…

The fire lines weren’t even completed around the Archie Creek fire, and we still couldn’t see our neighbors’ houses through the smoke when the drumbeat of disinformation began to roll from the timber industry PR presses. Their message? The Labor Day fires caused unprecedented damage because of poorly managed federal forests. [...]

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