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UW joins with other Conservation Groups to question Danger Tree removal on the Umpqua National Forest

Published November 22nd, 2021

Last month Umpqua Watersheds filed a complaint against the US Forest Service challenging their decision to indiscriminately remove trees along 65 miles of public roads comprising nearly 2600 acres of the Umpqua National Forest.

On Aug 18, 2021, the Forest Service issued a final decision on its proposed Archie Creek Fire Roadside Danger Tree Project [...]

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Restoration Update Fall 2021

Published September 9th, 2021

PROTECTING HOMES AND NATIVE FORESTS FROM WILDFIRE:

Challenges and Opportunities

 

Since the early 2000s, wildfires have been getting larger, faster moving, and more destructive to homes, infrastructure, and forestlands. This is partly due to climate change and partly due to the legacy of the wholesale conversion of native forests to highly flammable tree [...]

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Summer 2021 RESTORATION REPORT

Published June 19th, 2021

Ken Carloni, Restoration Chair

In my Restoration Report in our Virtual Banquet video, I outlined a number of ongoing restoration projects Umpqua Watersheds is working on with coalitions of like-minded organizations. Here, I’d like to fill in some of the details on two important initiatives involving salmon and steelhead runs on the North Umpqua River:

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Umpqua Watersheds joins lawsuit to Protect Salmon

Published April 25th, 2021

 

Environmental Groups Threaten To Sue To Protect Chinook Salmon Published April 22, 2021 at 10:31 AM PDT LISTEN • https://www.ijpr.org/show/the-jefferson-exchange/2021-04-22/fri-8-am-environmental-groups-threaten-to-sue-to-protect-chinook-salmon Riccardo Rossi, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15140983 /

It can be hard to keep track of all the various species and runs of fish that do and do not have federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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From the Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

Published April 25th, 2021
OPINION Salvage does not aid ecological recovery of forests Jerry F. Franklin and K. Norman Johnson Guest Opinion View Comments

There are many reasons why people may wish to salvage trees after wildfires like those that occurred in the western Cascades last September, including getting [...]

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Protecting Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

Published April 9th, 2021
NFS and Partners Crank Up The Heat To Protect Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

Native Fish Society, along with our co-petitioners at the Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds, have filed a notice of our intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the agency to decide whether Oregon coast Spring-run Chinook Salmon [...]

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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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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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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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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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