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AmeriCorps Update

Published March 7th, 2021

by Ryan Kincaid

Spring is coming quickly and with it lots of exciting events from Umpqua Watersheds!

Learning in the Umpqua Watershed: Engaging K-12 Students through Nature Connections & STEAM Activities: Wednesday, March 24th @9am ~ We are excited to be offering a professional development opportunity for Douglas County teachers. Workshops that day will [...]

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President’s Corner

Published March 7th, 2021


For several years, Umpqua Watersheds has been the target of bizarre attacks by Todd Vaughn in our local newspaper and elsewhere. Some of you who still read the News Review may be wondering why we have never responded to him.

The UW board has steadfastly chosen [...]

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Conservation and Restoration Update

Published March 7th, 2021

UNLSH is off and running … Janice Reid & Cindy Haws

Umpqua Natural Leadership Science Hub (UNLSH) is a non-profit organization started by former UW Executive Director, Cindy Haws. UNLSH’s mission is to provide hands-on science learning and leadership opportunities to students and communities in Douglas County, Oregon.

Due to data gaps in life [...]

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Spotlight on our donors

Published March 7th, 2021

We received a very generous donation to fund our AmeriCorps Environmental Education program for the 2021-2022 year from Jerry Mires. Jerry grew up in the Umpqua Valley. He was born and raised in Sutherlin, OR, and always enjoyed the natural world around him and sharing the excitement and wonders with others. His interest in [...]

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Outreach Update

Published March 7th, 2021

by … Kasey Hovik

It’s been a year now since our semi-isolation because of the pandemic. We’ve missed our favorite social gatherings with friends and family. Many of us have worked from home. In 2020, Umpqua Watersheds had to cancel our main fundraising events, the Membership Banquet and Silent Auction, River Appreciation Day, Summer [...]

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Exploring Wilderness Using LIDAR Imaging

Published March 2nd, 2021

How and Why to use LIDAR images in combination with your other mapping resources to get a more complete picture of areas you want to explore.
Online Presentation by Tony Cannon, Chairman of the Umpqua Watersheds Wilderness Committee.
Tony will do a short presentation on what LIDAR is, how to use it, why you [...]

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Timber Tax Testimony requested

Published February 23rd, 2021

Dear Douglas County Water and Forest Advocates:

It is time to testify and lobby for improved timber tax fairness.  SIGN UP TODAY (LINKS BELOW)

We are calling on you to participate in a public hearing (or written testimony) on the Severance Timber tax bills on Thursday, Feb 25th and [...]

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Letters to legislature needed

Published February 23rd, 2021

Dear fellow Beaver Allies & Advocates,

I am reaching out with a request for action in support of HB 2843, the legislative proposal to close recreational and commercial trapping on federally-managed public lands. We have arrived at our first critical hurdle that must be crossed if HB 2843, and Oregon’s streams [...]

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Wyden’s Bill Comes to Life!

Published February 13th, 2021
After over 2 years of research, many town halls and public meetings, and 15,000 nominations from Oregonians across the state, Senator Ron Wyden’s River Democracy Act of 2021 has come to life. Senator Wyden put out the call for Oregonians to nominate their favorite rivers and streams for consideration in a new river protection bill. [...]

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New Opportunities

Published January 12th, 2021

Our AmeriCorps member has been cooking up some appetizing  opportunities for everyone in your family:

Living Downstream

Umpqua Watersheds is airing a new program on our KQUA station starting Saturday, January 16th! Tune in each Saturday at 9am or Sunday at 6pm (Pacific Time) to explore a myriad of environmentally-related topics; each episode will focus [...]

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