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Learning in the Umpqua

Published June 13th, 2022

LEARNING IN THE UMPQUA WATERSHED

By Ryan Kincaid

Thank you to everyone who helped make our second annual Learning in the Umpqua Watershed (training for local educators) a success. Fourteen teachers and homeschooling parents participated in this year’s training, and we had presenters from various communities in Oregon, as well as a couple from California [...]

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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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Applegates At Crater Lake

Published June 13th, 2022

By Susan Applegate

I wrote this article with the hope that the National Park Conservation Association would print it in their magazine, but they had already planned to publish articles focused on William Gladstone Steel, a man who devoted a great portion of his life to making this a National Park. They declined to accept [...]

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Outreach Update

Published June 13th, 2022

By Kasey Hovik

It was wonderful to see nearly 100 people at the Umpqua Watersheds 26th Annual Membership Banquet on Sunday, May 1st—our first in-person banquet in two years and our first outdoor banquet ever. It felt so good to talk to people that we’ve missed seeing over the pandemic. Widespread Haze provided [...]

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North Umpqua Summer Steelhead Hatchery Program Update

Published June 13th, 2022

By Ken Carloni

Those of you who are following Umpqua Watersheds’ reports and recent newspaper articles may be concerned about the status of the North Umpqua summer steelhead hatchery program. UW has been working with a coalition of conservation organizations including the Native Fish Society, the Steamboaters, the North Umpqua Foundation, the Conservation Angler, Pacific [...]

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Education and Diversity Committees

Published June 13th, 2022

Do you want to be part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or Education Committees? We are currently having a combined meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm PT. 

Are you passionate about getting kids into nature?

Many of you may remember the innovative new program, Kids for Nature, that was [...]

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Presidents Corner

Published June 13th, 2022

By Janice Reid

We have many things going on at Umpqua Watersheds. Members of our committees continue to keep abreast of issues on public lands and waterways and provide public comment on these. Community engagement is strong through our environmental education and outreach programs. We are also changing, growing, and adapting. Our volunteer Executive Director, [...]

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Wilderness Committee Update

Published June 13th, 2022

Robbin Schindele

Spring, a time of rejuvenation and renewal, is here and almost over. In a few weeks, it will be Summer, a time of fun and recreation. I’d like to begin this article with a shout-out to some Wilderness Committee members.

First, to Bob Hoehne for the fine wilderness update presentation he gave at [...]

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An AmeriCorps Farewell

Published June 10th, 2022

As we move into summer, the school year ends and my role in local science classrooms draws to a close. It was a great year full of fun activities including water quality labs, animal tracks, owl pellet dissections, art projects, and more. The fun, however, does not end with Spring! This June brings Kids for [...]

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Archie Creek Fire Danger Tree challenge to the Umpqua National Forest

Published April 4th, 2022

In the aftermath of the 2020 Archie Creek Fire, the Umpqua National Forest issued a decision to clearcut post-fire forest along 65 miles of roads above the North Umpqua River under the guise of safety. The Forest Service had exempted the logging from any environmental review, arguing that this logging was just routine road maintenance. [...]

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