Umpqua Watersheds Blog


Spring 2019

Published March 3rd, 2019 in Wilderness

Wilderness Committee… Robbin Shindele


The Wilderness committee has been doing a lot the last few months. We’ve added some new businesses to our endorser list. We have been active in the newly formed UW grants committee and been working on our own grant applications.


Our caroling event in December went very well. Calling ourselves the Crater Lake Carolers, a group of Wilderness Committee members visited restaurants and breweries in downtown Roseburg. It was fun for us and fun for the patrons as well. A lot of laughter, applause, and singing along accompanied us wherever we went. Even a little dancing as Rick Kreofsky and Bob Hoene broke into a sprightly fiddle tune at Drapers. We even raised $39.00 dollars for wilderness.

More recently, we got an acknowledgement letter from UCAN that verified our Thanksgiving Food Drive was even more successful than we thought. We estimated we gathered 775 pounds of food for the hungry of Douglas County but it turns out we were wrong. UCAN thanked us for a donation of 1075 ponds. Good job to all who participated as workers and donors. And to Oran Mor Meadery, While Away Books and the Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation for hosting Collection Barrels at their facilities.


Our radio show on KQUA, 99.7, The River has had 3 airings. Called the Voice of the Wild, the hour long program starts with a sound you might hear in the wild, background information on the animal that made it and the current state of the creature in Oregon’s wild spaces. After that we read a description of one of Oregon’s 47 wilderness areas. We tell you how to get there, what to expect when you do, why you should visit. Then we feature an interview with someone who knows about the benefits that wilderness brings to us all. The last segment of the show is a short reading from wilderness literature. Many people have been inspired by their interactions with Crater Lake and other wild places so there is a lot to choose from. After airing at 9:00 AM every other Saturday and Sunday the shows are available as podcasts on

At our February meeting we were very fortunate to have three new members join the Wilderness Committee; Dan Amos, Tony Cannon and Chad Hamblin. All three have very serious backcountry experience. Dan has professional photographic and video experience. They jumped right in and we are in the initial stages of planning a series of videos of hidden places within our proposed wilderness. to be produced this summer We have a  proposed name for the trio; The Crater Lake Expeditionary Force.

On April 28 the Wilderness Committee is sponsoring a concert to benefit KQUA at the First Presbyterian Church in Roseburg. The artist will be internationally acclaimed, award-winning violin virtuoso and composer, Kim Angelis. Her music has been used at the Olympics and World Cup gymnastics events, in film and on TV. From Africa to Asia, from Alaska to Ancud (Chile), the passionate, beautiful, and timeless music of Kim Angelis has captivated audiences and inspired young musicians. Don’t miss it!


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