About this Show:
Living Downstream is a program for folks who’d like to learn about environmental topics of interest in the Umpqua Watershed of southern Oregon, and the larger Pacific Northwest region. It is coordinated by the AmeriCorps member serving as the Environmental Education & Outreach Leader for the Umpqua Watershed organization in an effort to bring awareness of environmental issues to a wider audience.
If you live in Roseburg, you can tune in via our KQUA station (99.7). Otherwise, click the button below to access KQUA’s website, where you can listen to a livestream from anywhere! Each week, we interview different experts to learn about various issues including waste management, the role of art in environmentalism, ecosystem restoration, water quality, wildlife rehabilitation, and more!
Would you like to be on the show?
If you have knowledge an experience on an environmentally-related topic and would like to be interviewed for the show, contact our Environmental Education & Outreach leader by emailing email@example.com.
Episode 16: Interview with a Local Author ~ Airing May 8th & 9th
In this episode, you’ll hear from Robert Leo Heilman, a local author who wrote the book Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country. In the interview, he discusses the importance of complexities – and some of the dangers of ignoring them, as well as what it means to live in community with one another.
To start out the show, we’ll feature a song by local musician/songwriter Marnie Allbritten, who has shared a number of her songs with us for use on Living Downstream. If you have an original, nature-related song that you’d like to be included in the show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links/Websites & Books Mentioned in Episode 16
- Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country, by Robert Leo Heilman
- The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America, by Earl Dotter
“Oregon Mountain Chant”, by Marnie Allbritten
(First aired during Episode 16)
You green and rocky mountains, You sky so big and blue
With dreams beyond the counting, You know that I love you.
And you will not forsake me. You’ll stand so wild and strong
‘Til all the stars fall from the sky and all the dreams are gone.
My Momma died so weary, my Daddy he’s gone too.
They left me sad and sorry with nothing I could do.
But when I see your rivers wind, my heart sings like a bird
That leaves my sorrow far behind the sweetest song I’ve heard.
Now I will wander through the world from sea to shining sea,
And nothing I find will be worth the song you sing to me.
But when at last my time is done and all my trials are through,
I’ll hang my coat behind the door and lay me down with you.
Resources for Episode 13 – Local Fish & Streams (Aired April 10th/11th & 17th/18th)
This episode features interviews with Jeff Dose & Jeff McEnroe, both of whom have worked as fish biologists in the area. Our conversations cover the types of fish in local streams, various impacts on the waters and aquatic species they contain, and habitat restoration planned for areas burned in the Archie Creek Fire last fall.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 13
- Northwest Forest Plan
- Contact Information for Jeff McEnroe –> (541)464-3316 or email@example.com
Resources for Episode 14 – Intro to Forest Bathing, Part 1 (Aired April 24th &25th)
In this episode, you’ll hear from Michelle Winter, certified forest therapy guide, about forest bathing – or forest therapy walks – and the benefits of spending intentional time in nature. Tune in and be refreshed as you learn about a new way to engage with the natural world.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 14
Episode 15: Intro to Forest Bathing, Part 2 (Aired May 1st & 2nd)
This episode features an interview with Sari Telpner, certified forest therapy guide and health educator. You’ll learn more about what forest therapy, also called forest bathing, is, as well as other nature-connected practices that offer a multitude of benefits. Additionally, you’ll hear a song by Marnie Albritten, and a presentation by Rachael Brock, which took place during our Eco Innovations Challenge on April 25th.
Links/Websites & Books Mentioned in Episode 15
- Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs – ANFT Website
- Wild Wellness Guide – Click here to learn more about Sari’s offerings
- Book Recommendations:
- Your Guide to Forest Bathing, by Amos Clifford
- Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing, by Ben Page
- Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health & Happiness, by Dr. Qing Li
- The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing, by Julia Pleven
- Sit Spot & the Art of Inner Tracking, by R. Michael Trotta
- The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv
- The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv
- The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Rachael’s email (reach out if you’d like to learn more about/volunteer for her bee survey project) – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Song for the Umpqua”, by Marnie Albritten
(First aired during Episode 15)
God made the Indians, gave them a home.
Mountains to wander, forests to roam.
And the streams were clear as diamonds.
And the grass was green as rain, and the trees grew tall forever.
Turtle Island was its name.
Then came the white man from over the sea
Many a brave man yearned to be free.
And they saw the land before them
But they saw it with their eyes, and they killed their red brothers and sisters
With their wicked loving lies.
Time passes quickly. Those days are gone.
Only the memory of terror lives on.
But the streams that flow are filthy
And the air’s a killing fog, and they’re cutting down the ancient trees
Just to bring in bigger logs.
My children’s children must live on this land.
If we won’t save it, nobody can.
And the children want to know
Why the earth is filled with pain.
Like that red man long ago, can we love her once again?
Resources for Episode 10 – Off-Trail Exploration (Aired March 20th & 21st)
In this episode, you’ll hear from Tony Cannon and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, two off-trail explorers, about their preferred method of exploring nature, and some of the amazing things they’ve found!
Resources for Episode 11 – Understanding Climate Change (Aired March 27th & 28th)
Episode 11 features interviews with Stuart Liebowitz of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition and Katrina Keleher of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (and former Environmental Education & Outreach Leader for Umpqua Watersheds!).
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 11
Resources for Episode 12 – How Does Your Garden Grow? (Aired April 3rd & 4th)
Episode 12 is all about sustainable gardening and farming! Joanne Gordon (“Granny Organic”) discusses eco-friendly practices for growing your own produce, and Amanda Pastoria of the Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market shares about this wonderful community resource!
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 12
Lyrics for “Rainbow” by Marnie Allbritten (Featured in Episode 12)
You’re a rainbow, many-colored threads of sunshine.
You can smile and let it all be fine, you can laugh and let it go.
When the sun shines, you can see yourself through open eyes.
And I know your song will rise in harmony.
When the rains came and the clouds rushed over, capped the sky,
Cold and heavy as a winter sigh, robbed the sun from us below.
But the rainbow is hiding just behind the clouds I know
And beyond the rainbow, that’s where we must go.
Let the sun shine. Let it fill your heart with gladness
Through the hard times and the sadness.
Hold on to that golden light.
In the darkness lies the seed of every sunrise climb.
And I know we’ll shine together, you and me.
We’re all rainbows, many-colored light of sunshine.
We can smile and let it all be fine. We can laugh and we can grow.
When the wind blows we can shelter in each other’s songs
And we’ll weather all the storms and on we’ll go.
Resources for Episode 7 – Beekeeping (Aired February 27th & 28th)
Episode 7 features interviews with Phil Moulton of Douglas County Bees & local beekeeper Stan Petrowski. They discuss some of the challenges facing bees in southern Oregon, as well as some of the joys of caring for an apiary and it’s inhabitants.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 7
Resources for Episode 8 – Protecting Habitat for Wildlife (Aired March 6th & 7th)
Hear from Francis Eatherington, Jesse Burgher, and Cindy Haws about tracking and collecting data on various wildlife species in the Pacific Northwest, as well as efforts to restore habitat for local wildlife.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 8
Resources for Episode 9 – The Big “E”: Extinction (Aired March 13th & 14th)
In this episode, we hear from Angela Jensen about how we got to this point, and what can be done to turn back the tide on one of the biggest issues of our time.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 9
Resources for Episode 4 – Observing Birds & Other Wildlife (Airing February 6th & 7th)
In this episode, we heard from Damon Lesmeister and Matthew Hunter about how technology is being used to help researchers collect data about birds, and some tips and suggestions for attracting birds and other wildlife to your yard.
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 4
- Wondering what a bird song looks like? Check out this spectrogram of a spotted owl call from the National Park Service
- Pacific Northwest Research Station – Information on Acoustic Monitoring of Owls
- UmpquaBirds.org – Link
- Great Backyard Bird Count (Happening February 12th – 15th!) – Want to get involved? Click here.
- Want to learn more about Matt’s work? – Matthew Hunter’s Website
- Tool for Identifying Various Species – iNaturalist.org
Resources for Episode 5 – Understanding Pacific Northwest Fires (Aired February 13th & 14th)
In this episode, we heard from Ken Carloni about the history of wildfires and wildfire management in the Pacific Northwest, the challenges of planting a monoculture (single-plant) plantations of trees, and possible solutions moving forward.
Episode 6 – Caring for Critters (Airing February 20th & 21st)
This episode features interviews with Peggy Cheatham of Umpqua Wildlife Rescue and Megan Gram of Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center; in it you’ll learn the important & difficult job of wildlife rehabilitators, creative uses for baby socks, what to do if you find baby kittens, and how to get involved with both organizations. Additionally, Marnie Allbritten shared a song she wrote for an eagle she helped rehabilitate (lyrics below).
Now that we’re one month in, we’ll share a few highlights from the first five episodes as well!
Links/Websites Mentioned in (or related to) Episode 6
Lyrics for “Golden Friend” by Marnie Allbritten (Featured in Episode 6)
Golden friend, you take me flying in your memory.
Eagle friend, you teach me how to fly free.
Wounded friend, I know how it must feel trapped in your cage of steel
I want to help you heal.
Take my song and rise with it above the pain.
Take my tears and join them to the rain.
Take my love and soar above the clouds, unbroken and unbowed.
So gentle and so proud.
‘Cause each one has a role to play on the turning wheel
And the one that we set free today will help the earth to heal.
Golden friend, you take me flying in your memory.
Eagle friend, you teach me how to fly free.
Eagle friend, I swear the pain will end, like shadows on the wind,
And you will fly again.
Episode 1 – On Trail Hiking (Aired January 16th & 17th, 2021)
Links/Websites Mentioned in Episode 1
- Forest Service Website
- Oregon Hikers Field Guide Website
- Smithsonian Article about Tree Communication & “The Hidden Life of Trees” author Peter Wohlleben
- American Hiking Society’s Tips for Hiking with Kids
- REI’s Tips for Hiking with Infants, Toddlers, & Kids
- Turning Over a New Leaf Book Club
- Information about Borrowing a Water Quality Monitoring Test Kit
- Facebook Link for the Virtual Cultural Fair (highlighted in the AmeriCorps Minute)
Episode 2 – Art & Environmentalism (Aired January 23rd & 24th, 2021)
Links/Websites Mentioned in Episode 2
Episode 3 – Water Quality (Aired January 30th & 31st, 2021)
Links/Websites Mentioned in Episode 3
- Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers (PUR) Website
- USGS National Water Information System – Current Conditions for Oregon:
- Water Quality Report for the City of Roseburg – March 2020
- Glide Water Association Consumer Confidence Report – 2019
Journaling/Reflection Prompts – to go with Episode 2:
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