Umpqua Watersheds Blog

News and Action items


The Slow Grind for Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Published March 16th, 2020

by Stan Petrowski

Most of you will recall that Umpqua Watersheds has partnered with the Native Fish Society and the Center for Biological Diversity to submit a petition for the listing of Oregon’s Spring Chinook under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The process is a long and arduous one; requiring many months of preparation. Before [...]

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Memorandum of Understanding – Oregon Forest Practices Act

Published February 10th, 2020

Today, February 10, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a historic agreement between conservation groups and timber companies which is the first step in a process for the most significant update of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act in decades. Umpqua Watersheds, one of the principal participants of this agreement, releases the following statement:

“Umpqua Watersheds has [...]

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Of Oaks and Beavers….

Published December 6th, 2019

By Stan Petrowski


Umpqua Watersheds (UW) has focused considerable time and energy advocating for and monitoring restoration projects throughout the region. Besides our Radio Active Restoration Show, aired weekly on KQUA 99.7 FM, we are actively engaged in several major efforts in the field of restoration ecology. Much of our work is deeply [...]

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Press Release

Published September 25th, 2019

Below is a press release that was issued in September 24, 2019

Stanley Petrowski, Umpqua Watersheds, (541) 825-3070,
Conrad Gowell, Native Fish Society, (971) 237-6544,

Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185,


Endangered Species Protections Sought for Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

Early Migrating Salmon Threatened [...]

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Chinook Salmon

Published September 24th, 2019

Restoration Committee…Stanley Petrowski

The Tragedy of Oregon Spring Chinook


I’ve used this medium to update our membership on the sadly declining numbers of Spring Chinook returning the Umpqua Basin and coastal Oregon in general. Did you know that there are only two viable wild Spring Chinook runs in the entire Oregon coastal ESU [...]

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Chinook Salmon Protections Sought

Published September 24th, 2019
Endangered Species Protections Sought for Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

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Chinook Salmon in the News

Published September 24th, 2019
A Push To Protect Oregon Spring Chinook Salmon Gets A Boost From Genetic Science


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Restoration Update

Published June 18th, 2019

Restoration Committee……Stan Petrowski

Day after day we hear reports of ecosystem failures and species loss. Anyone that spends time in nature is fully aware that our ecosystems are changing and degrading at a rapid pace. Meanwhile many millions of dollars, from the various State and Federal tax sources, and restoration/conservation institutions is being spent in [...]

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Spring 2019

Published March 7th, 2019

Stanley Petrowski

UW resources are devoted to so many restoration issues that the field seems to be a bubbling cauldron. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. As issues come to the surface, we address them within our means. From our perspective, the need to act is constant. The Umpqua chub, a small indigenous fish found [...]

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Winter 2018

Published December 6th, 2018

Stanley Petrowski

Umpqua Watersheds has participated in numerous forest collaboratives over the last decade and a half that have served several purposes. Our fundamental purpose is to “restore the rest.” From its inception UW has held restoration ecology as a fundamental principle guiding our desire to find some modicum of common ground for watershed management. [...]

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