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Science Olympiad!

Published March 9th, 2017

It is crunch time! We are 1 month away from our state Science Olympiad competition in Corvallis @ OSU!  The students at Douglas High School are doing great with all their building and study events! 

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Tension on the surface?!

Published March 9th, 2017

We had a wonderful lesson last week with Casa! We experimented with water’s surface tension, learned about CO2 and photosynthesis and at the end we created grow bracelets that represent all the elements needed for plants to grow! Can’t wait to see what next week has in store!

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Spring 2017

Published March 8th, 2017

KQUA

WE HAVE A VOICE!

KQUA 96.5 Low-Power FM Community Radio! We are very excited to announce that we are now broadcasting loud and clear and forming our RADIOACTIVE Committee to discuss innovative programming ideas aimed to give a voice to education, the environment, and social justice. Community content will be on the air soon, [...]

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Spring 2017

Published March 8th, 2017

Stanley Petrowski

SUCTION DREDGE MINING BILL PASSED!

Thank you to everyone who spoke out to stop environmentally damaging suction dredge mining! After receiving bipartisan support, Senate Bill 3A was recently signed by Gov. Brown, providing immediate protection to some of Oregon’s most sensitive waterways.

Suction dredge mining is a form of recreational gold mining that [...]

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Spring 2017

Published March 7th, 2017

Stanley Petrowski

We are certainly living during interesting times. Apart from the usual mishaps of our human condition there are some really encouraging events that have transpired since our last newsletter.

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Spring 2017

Published March 7th, 2017

Alan Bunce

In Memoriam….

I first met Ann Chamberlain while working with the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers (PUR). Who was this vivacious lady who, like me, represented conservation on the PUR Board? Her biography on the PUR website reads as follows:

Ann Chamberlain is a teacher, an ecologist, a research scientist, and an avid [...]

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Spring 2017

Published March 7th, 2017

Stan Petrowski

The Burden of Healing

From its very beginnings Umpqua Watersheds has had restoration ecology as a critical component of its agenda. The first decade or so was mainly devoted to the immediate and most important task. Slowing down of the level of damage to the habitat that was being reeked on the public [...]

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Fall 2017

Published March 7th, 2017

Stanley Petrowski

The Upper South Umpqua Spring Chinook  by Stan Petrowski

The month of August has been a banner month for the harassed remnant of Spring Chinook on the upper South Umpqua river. As most of you know, this unique fish run is hanging on by a biological thread to survive. Although the USFS has [...]

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Spring 2017

Published March 6th, 2017

Al Bunce

A fly on the wall

Last year I wrote about titans of conservation converging nearby on the Elk River. While researching for the story, I found myself wondering what it would have been like to be there with them; the fly angling experience, the comradery, and the conversations.

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Spring 2017

Published March 5th, 2017

J. Patrick Quinn

“The emperor has no clothes!” the child famously exclaims while watching his majesty parade by in the buff, too innocent to know enough to imitate his elders, and say nothing. Our watersheds, in too many instances, have no clothes either. It is apparent to anyone who is able to explore the back [...]

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