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From the Executive Director

Published September 9th, 2021

Kasey’s Korner…..Kasey Hovik


We live in strange and challenging times. We continue to struggle through the worst pandemic in 100 years while forest fires, floods, devastating storms destroy property, and lives are lost. The ugly divisiveness that is a part of local and national politics wears us down. Our natural world and wildlife face [...]

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Archie Creek Fire Recovery Project position opening

Published September 9th, 2021

Archie Creek Post-Fire Recovery Project

Umpqua Watersheds is a lead partner in a collaborative project with Phoenix Charter School and Umpqua Community College to promote shared stewardship of public lands impacted by the Archie Creek Fire, providing service-learning opportunities for local students and community volunteers by increasing outreach, education, and engagement related to riparian habitat [...]

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President’s Update Fall 2021

Published September 9th, 2021



Greetings! I have taken the baton from Ken Carloni to be president of Umpqua Watersheds.  His dedication to the organization is inspiring. He is a founding member and has been involved in the organization ever since. Other than being class president in second grade, the only other time I have [...]

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Wilderness Committee Update

Published September 9th, 2021

Wilderness Committee Update… Robbin Schindele

I hope you all have had a great summer and have remained safe from the fires and from Covid,  as well as been able to spend time in the mountains, unto the lakes, or travel the coast. For the members of the wilderness committee, the summer began with [...]

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Part time Internship Recruitment

Published August 13th, 2021

Post-Fire Recovery Leader


Organizational Mission:

Umpqua Watersheds is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the ecosystems of the Umpqua watershed and beyond through education, training, advocacy, and ecologically sound stewardship. Umpqua Watersheds was first formed in 1986 as a volunteer organization for citizens to help monitor public forest and watershed [...]

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Episode 22: AmeriCorps!

Published July 31st, 2021
In this episode, you'll hear from members currently serving with United Communities AmeriCorps, as well as UCA's Program Director and Umpqua Watersheds' Executive Director, with a guest appearance by Umpqua Watershed's next AmeriCorps member, who will be...

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Episode 21: Understanding More of Oregon’s History – or Herstory

Published July 31st, 2021
In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, this episode will explore the connections between women, especially lesbian women, and the environment, as well as dive into the history of a special area of land called Cabbage Canyon. Our guest for this episode is J...

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Episode 20: Reflections on Time Spent in Somalia

Published July 31st, 2021
This episode features an interview with MaryAnn Shank, who shares about the time she spent serving with the Peace Corps in Somalia years ago. She reflects on what she has learned in the intervening years, and the benefits of service. Resources & Links fo...

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Episode 19: Staying Connected with Environmental (& Other) Organizations As We Age

Published July 31st, 2021
This episode features an interview with Lillene Fifield, who shares some recommendations for staying active, and staying connected as you get older. Additionally, she reflects on how religious institutions and other groups can be environmentally consciou...

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Episode 18: Crater Lake

Published July 31st, 2021
In this episode, you'll learn about Crater Lake and the surrounding wilderness, and the efforts being taken to protect them. Bob Hoehne and Bob Allen share their connections with the region, and ways to support this Oregon treasure. Resources & Links for...

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