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Episode 17: The Healing Power of Nature

Published July 31st, 2021
This episode features an interview with Elena Lininger, creator of the organization Source One Serenity, which offers local veterans and their families opportunities to participate in nature immersion activities, as well as the associated social enterpri...

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Episode 16: Interview with a Local Author – Robert Leo Heilman

Published July 31st, 2021
In this episode, you'll hear from Robert Leo Heilman, a local author who wrote the book Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country. In the interview, he discusses the importance of complexities - and some of the dangers of ignoring them, as well as wha...

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Episode 15: Intro to Forest Bathing – Part 2

Published July 31st, 2021
This episode features an interview with Sari Telpner, certified forest therapy guide and health educator. You'll learn more about what forest therapy, also called forest bathing, is, as well as other nature-connected practices that offer a multitude of b...

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Episode 14: Intro to Forest Bathing – Part 1

Published July 31st, 2021
In this episode, you'll hear from Michelle Winter, certified forest therapy guide, about forest bathing - or forest therapy walks - and the benefits of spending intentional time in nature. Tune in and be refreshed as you learn about a new way to engage w...

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Episode 13: Local Fish & Streams

Published July 31st, 2021
This episode features interviews with Jeff Dose & Jeff McEnroe, both of whom have worked as fish biologists in the area. Our conversations cover the types of fish in local streams, various impacts on the waters and aquatic species they contain, and habit...

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Episode 12: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Published July 31st, 2021
Episode 12 is all about sustainable gardening and farming! Joanne Gordon ("Granny Organic") discusses eco-friendly practices for growing your own produce, and Amanda Pastoria of the Umpqua Valley Farmers' Market shares about this wonderful community reso...

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Episode 11: Understanding Climate Change

Published July 31st, 2021
Episode 11 features interviews with Stuart Liebowitz of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition and Katrina Keleher of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (and former Environmental Education & Outreach Leader for Umpqua Watersheds!). Links/Webs...

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Episode 10: Off-Trail Exploration

Published July 31st, 2021
In this episode, you’ll hear from Tony Cannon and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, two off-trail explorers, about their preferred method of exploring nature, and some of the amazing things they’ve found! (First aired March 20th-21st, 2021)

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River Appreciation Day change in Venue

Published July 11th, 2021
Because of the Jack Fire burning near the North Umpqua River, our original site for River Appreciation Day 2021, Steamboat Ball Field, has been set up as a fire camp and will not be available.  Therefore, we will gather instead at 1:00pm Saturday July 17 at Whistler’s Bend Park Day Use Area near the river [...]

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National Geographic highlights latest Spotted Owl Research

Published June 25th, 2021
Article recopied from National Geographic Despite massive effort, spotted owl populations at an all-time low

A threatened owl could disappear from much of its range unless old-growth forests are protected and invasive barred owls are controlled.

BYKYLA MANDEL PUBLISHED JUNE 24, 2021 • 9 MIN READ

The northern spotted owl has long been [...]

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