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Wilderness

Summer 2018

Published June 1st, 2018 in Wilderness

WILDERNESS

Robbin Schindele

The Wilderness Committee has been actively promoting the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal (CLWP) locally and throughout Southern Oregon. We recently erected a sign beside Hwy 138 in Glide that can be seen from both directions and is a direct call to action to support the CLWP. The colorful and bold sign definitely grabs your attention as you drive past. A big shout out and a ton of “THANKS!” to Alysia Gaye for allowing the sign placement and her generous contributions to UW and the CLWP. We have applied to participate in the “Adopt a Highway” with Oregon Department of Transportation requesting a length of Highway 138 for two miles between Roseburg and Glide. We will pick-up trash 4 times a year and have signs with our name on them along the highway.

We have signed three new local business sponsors and continue seek others, including 8 businesses in Ashland. If you own, or know someone that owns a business and believe they might be interested on endorsing the CLWP please call the Crater Lake Wilderness Campaign Coordinator Robbin Schindele at 208.365.1789 (or the UW office) or reach out via email to Robbin@umpquawatersheds.org .

Crater Lake Trolley Company in Klamath Falls which sells tours of Crater Lake, has agreed to give away our Crater Lake Wilderness brochure in their ticket office this summer, potentially reaching thousands of people.

We are excited about the attention and support our window mural at the Portland Patagonia store has gotten. Social media has also been very successful. We have two different Facebook pages, Crater Lake Wilderness and Crater Lake Wilderness Campaign, and post once or twice a week. We average 4-600 views per week and 100-200 likes on our posts. A highpoint in May was when one post reached over 1300 people. Please visit and like the pages.

The Wilderness Book Club is doing well with regular attendance from the Roseburg Community where discussions are thoughtful and lively making for a fun evening. If you like to read about America’s great Wilderness areas, the origin and effect on people and the world please join us on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at Cascadian Coffee Company, 732 SE Cass St, Roseburg.

Much of May was spent working on a grant proposal to Patagonia for a 2018-2019 Communications Plan. Susan Applegate helped craft the language into a concise and appealing document. The plan is to provide presentations to civic and business groups of the gateway communities surrounding Crater Lake, create 8-12 videos about the people who visit Crater Lake and use the lands and waters within the CLWP for a YouTube channel, a “Protect the water science” symposium in Roseburg and launching a new radio show, “Voice of the Wild” on KQUA, UW’s radio station. The project will make for a fun and busy year.

If you’d like to volunteer for the Wilderness Committee, we meet on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:00 at the UW offices.