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Executive Director Update Winter 2020

Published December 2nd, 2020

by….Kasey Hovik

For many of us, 2020 started with such high hopes. Just the thought of starting a new decade is always exciting, as we imagine what will happen in the next ten years. None of us imagined that the first year of the 2020 decade would include a global pandemic. In our country alone, [...]

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From the Conservation/ Legal Director ….Angela Jensen

Published December 2nd, 2020

In our last newsletter, I ended my article by asking readers to vote as if the climate of our children and grandchildren depended on it. And you did. In fact, the nation did. In excess of 6 million votes, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have become the nation’s choice to succeed President Trump. While every [...]

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Outreach Update Winter 2020

Published December 2nd, 2020

By Janice Reid

Outreach efforts during the Covid pandemic have been challenging, to say the least. We have had very few outdoor events. One thing is clear, during this time of isolation, the outdoors has become even more important. Visitation to our parks, forests, and wildlands are at an all-time high. The evidence for this [...]

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Wilderness Committee Update Winter 2020

Published December 2nd, 2020

By Bob Hoehne

Our hearts and prayers are with our many friends and neighbors who lost their homes in the recent fires. Some were UW members, and on the Wilderness Committee, care and support for them need to be ongoing.
The committee has been working steadily on the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal. Susan Applegate [...]

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Forest Management and Wildfire: Myth Meets Reality

Published December 2nd, 2020

Here we go again…

The fire lines weren’t even completed around the Archie Creek fire, and we still couldn’t see our neighbors’ houses through the smoke when the drumbeat of disinformation began to roll from the timber industry PR presses. Their message? The Labor Day fires caused unprecedented damage because of poorly managed federal forests. [...]

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Look for Year-End Report Coming Soon

Published December 2nd, 2020

Well, 2020 is rapidly coming to a close, and most of us are saying , “Good riddance!” While the year has had its share of difficulties and social disruption, you, our loyal supporters, have stuck with us.


The pandemic has forced us to retool the way we work, communicate, and raise funds. [...]

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Grateful & Hopeful

Published December 2nd, 2020

As we transition from the season of thanks-giving to the season of hope, I find myself reflecting on all of the things that I have to give thanks for, and the reasons I have to be hopeful. This year has pushed us to our limits in so many ways, and by doing so, it has [...]

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Coming soon…

Published November 22nd, 2020

Tony Cannon shares his adventures in the Umpqua Valley.

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Take Action by Nov 29 Elliott State Forest

Published November 17th, 2020

Coast Range Watch

Have a say about how your local forests are preserved.

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State denies beaver protection

Published November 17th, 2020

On a 3-3 vote, beavers are left without protections.

Commission denies petition to consider ending beaver trapping on federal land in split vote
Work Group to continue


SALEM, Ore.—
The Fish and Wildlife Commission denied a petition that would have initiated rulemaking to consider ending beaver hunting and trapping on federal [...]

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