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!
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!
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]