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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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Americorps Voice Christine Smith and Maris Wilson

Published March 1st, 2019

Spring 2019 Christine Smith

Education at Umpqua Watersheds is flourishing with new connections resulting in more programs and additional youth interactions! Maris and I enjoy working in the office together, collaborating on some projects and working individually on others. I’ve been continuing programs from previous years and expanding on them while finding ways to bring [...]

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Soils & Erosion

Published February 8th, 2019

We did stations on soils and erosion at Hucrest this week!  Students observed layers of soil in a jar, felt the different types of soil and used candy to replicate weathering. The weather has been on our side the last few weeks of the program.

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Snowstorms in a jar

Published February 4th, 2019

Students took their lessons in weather and climate and created snowstorms in a jar. This simple experiment creates a glittery, swirling mess in a jar. If you want to try it at home, all you need is: white paint, glitter, baby oil, water and alka seltzer. The alka seltzer creates a reaction that separates the [...]

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Plants galore!

Published February 4th, 2019

Fremont students are experimenting from plant starts! Hopefully we’ll see some produce & flowers sprouting in due time.

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Food Chains with Hucrest

Published February 4th, 2019

Science Wednesday at Hucrest has a full class of excited students, eager to jump into hands-on activities in science. We are going on our third week of lessons. Last week we focused on food chains and food webs in the forest. Students showed us their artistic side and drew their forest creatures after playing a [...]

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Administration Update

Published December 15th, 2018

Executive Director, Kasey Hovik

In mid-November the Board of Directors (BOD) and staff of Umpqua Watersheds (UW) met for our annual strategic planning meeting. We spent the whole day reviewing accomplishments of the past year, our strategic plan and making plans for the coming year. Over the past six years I have had the opportunity [...]

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Fishing with Fremont

Published December 13th, 2018

After learning rules, regulations, fish anatomy, fish identification, and knot tying with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fremont Middle School students were ready to try their hand at fishing! We traveled to Cooper Creek where students worked together to practice baiting hooks and casting lines. We didn’t get any bites, but everyone had [...]

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Biochar: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Global Crisis

Published December 12th, 2018

Ken Carloni, Ph.D.            

biochar /ˈbīōˌCHär/ noun: charcoal produced from plant matter and stored in the soil as a means of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Online Dictionary)

When the Portuguese first arrived in Amazonia, they discovered small islands of dark, highly productive soils associated with indigenous villages. Unlike other notoriously poor soils [...]

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Winter 2018

Published December 10th, 2018

As 99.7 KQUA nears two years of age, our audience has grown significantly. An average listener reports that they listen to the station as much as 2-3 hours a day. The popularity of 99.7 KQUA is due to the airing of more music and less talk and advertisements. However, when we play a message on [...]

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