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Published September 10th, 2022

By Kasey Hovik

Fall is always an exciting time for Umpqua Watersheds and me personally because it starts another term for our AmeriCorps program. We are very proud of all the AmeriCorps who have served with us over the last 12 years. Each year our AmeriCorps members continue our environmental education programs which provide so [...]

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From The Executive Director

Published June 13th, 2022

By Kasey Hovik

On June 1st I retired from Umpqua Community College (UCC). It was my great honor and pleasure to work there. While it was sad leaving UCC, my colleagues, and our students, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. Over the past ten years, I have volunteered for Umpqua [...]

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Published March 8th, 2022

To many of us, the past two years have seemed more like five. While we have continued to work hard to fulfill the mission of Umpqua Watersheds and have accomplished so much in the process, not being able to have regular in-person events where we can meet with our supporters has taken a toll on [...]

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Published December 7th, 2021


Umpqua Watersheds (UW) has accomplished many things over the course of 2021. For a second straight year our social fundraisers: the Annual Banquet and Silent Auction, the Umpqua Brew Fest and Outback Concerts had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Yet, thanks to tremendous generosity from our [...]

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Umpqua Watersheds Executive Director talks about the Forest Accord

Published November 26th, 2021
‘A new vision for forestry’ created through compromise between timber industry, environmentalists 1 of 2

Lone Rock land management crew member Jose Calvillo plants 2-year-old Douglas fir seedlings in the Callahan Mountains west of Roseburg in 2017. Photo credit by MICHAEL SULLIVAN/The News-Review

Robyn Bath [...]

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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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Outreach Update Summer 2021

Published June 19th, 2021

Kasey Hovik


Over the last 14 months, Umpqua Watersheds has shown remarkable resiliency in the face of the pandemic and the restriction on gatherings for events. Our first major virtual event last year was the 2020 Virtual Membership Banquet, and Spring/Summer Fundraising Campaign. It was a big success as we were able to [...]

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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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Executive Director Update Winter 2020

Published December 2nd, 2020

by….Kasey Hovik

For many of us, 2020 started with such high hopes. Just the thought of starting a new decade is always exciting, as we imagine what will happen in the next ten years. None of us imagined that the first year of the 2020 decade would include a global pandemic. In our country alone, [...]

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Executive Director Update

Published September 7th, 2020

Executive Director Update…Kasey Hovik

Over the last 9 years, Umpqua Watersheds has hosted eight AmeriCorps superheroes. Young people who have travelled across the country to work for less than minimum wage to provide environmental education and support the mission of our organization. Each service member added their own, unique and considerable abilities to [...]

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