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Conservation

Conservation

Published September 24th, 2019

Conservation… J.Patrick Quinn

The Conservation Column in the June, 2018 edition of this newsletter, contained the following: “Thus, when we became aware of what seemed to us to be an egregious request to impose yet another 1,400 feet of forest road through old growth on BLM managed public land near Susan Creek Falls so [...]

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DCPARC September 2019

Published September 4th, 2019

DCPARC recently met with fellow activists in Columbia County, Oregon concerning logging at Camp Wilkerson County Park and purposed “Hazard” tree logging at Ora Bolmeier City Park in Vernona. We toured both parks. Unfortunately, the viewing of stumps from recently cut trees at parks is becoming all too common, but we did increase our networking. [...]

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Conservation Update

Published June 18th, 2019

Conservation Committee…Patrick Quinn

Recently, the well-known non-profit journal, The Guardian, gave its staff revised instructions concerning how they should report about climate and how it is changing and impacting our world, right now. For Guardian writers, the word “change” is out. When discussing the current situation the word “crisis” is in. For articles examining what [...]

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Monitoring the county park activities

Published March 2nd, 2019

DCPARC Update….John Hunter

We continue to monitor the situation at Whistlers Bend Park where more than 100 trees in the campground were cut. Far more than 11 reported by the Parks Advisory Board (PAB. Public awareness of the logging was non-existent and no harvest plan was filed with the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.  The logging [...]

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Winter 2018

Published December 4th, 2018

J. Patrick Quinn

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” I borrowed [...]

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DCPARC

Published December 3rd, 2018

John Hunter

The last quarter of 2018 has been a very busy one for Douglas County Parks Advisory Resource Committee (DCPARC). It was a combination of park related activities and the never ending monitoring of our Douglas County government.

Since the last newsletter, we lead UW members on an education tour of Iverson Park, had [...]

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Fall 2017

Published September 7th, 2018

by J. Patrick Quinn

“Environmental Terrorists,” is what some clear cutters and their advocates in local, state and national government label citizens who speak up in defense of steadily deteriorating ecological conditions on our watersheds! This time it is Ryan Zinke, exclaiming these and other inflammatory epithets. Trump’s appointed Secretary of the Interior appears to [...]

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Fall 2018

Published September 3rd, 2018

DCPARC

John Hunter

The hot and smoky summer has been a busy and hectic one for DCPARC. We toured Mildred Kanipe Park in July after hearing that the Parks Advisory Board alleged numerous trees were dying and posing a fire danger. Our tour was led by Mike Burke of Friends of Mildred Kanipe Park where he [...]

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Summer 2018

Published June 7th, 2018

J. Patrick Quinn

Eco-terrorism! This misleading and insulting label was applied to conservation organizations by uninformed individuals. Participation in the National Environmental Policy Act process is not only a privilege under the law, it is also a responsibility to its membership that Umpqua Watersheds takes very seriously. These careful, well considered actions are not vindictive [...]

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Summer 2018

Published May 30th, 2018

DCPARC

John Hunter

The Highlight for DC Park this spring was our booth at the Earth Day/Energy fair in April. Arboriculturist David Braun brought finished stump samples from Busenbark. These donated samples will become a permanent part of the Busenbark history along with Ken Carloni’s 7 foot storyboard of the 500 year-old Busenbark stump. These [...]

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