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Come raise a glass with us! Tomorrow, as we celebrate the return of in-person Salmon Watch trips, you can help ensure that kids continue to benefit from this great program. Thanks to the generosity of @block15brewing a portion of ALL sales, both dine-in and take out, from BOTH locations will go toward supporting Linn Benton Salmon Watch tomorrow, November 8! Read more about the program in our linktree, and we hope to see you tomorrow!!

By Shannon Richardson / November 7, 2022
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'Tis the spooky season and the only thing scarier than a WALL of knotweed is a CORRIDOR of knotweed! Do you have patches that look like this? Like zombies, what doesn't completely kill knotweed can make it stronger, so before you tackle it on your own, give us a call for some resources to knock it back for good. Be safe out there, folks.

By Webmaster / October 31, 2022
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We are about a month away from a full highway closure on Highway 20! The highway will be closed from milepost 54-57 from September 9-22. Plan to use an alternate route and go visit ODOT's website for more information.

By Webmaster / August 8, 2022
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What time is it? Showtime! Sorry kids, but school is right around the corner. Luckily, we get to start the year off right– with field trips!!! And in order to get Lebanon and Sweet Home students in the field to learn about salmon ecology and watershed health, we need your help!But how?!?!?Step 1: Attend a training and learn how to lead learning stations on Salmon Watch trips! Trainings will be on 8/18 at River Bend County Park and 8/20 at the Albany River Front Community Center. Step 2: Sign up to lead learning stations on Salmon Watch trips! Trips will be at River Bend County Park in late September and early October.If you are secure in your Salmon Watch knowledge, you are welcome to skip Step 1 and go directly to Step 2. Just keep in mind that we'd love to see you at the trainings, and there will probably be baked goods, so choose wisely. Links to register for trainings and trips are in our bio. Visit www.lbsw.org for more information!

By Webmaster / July 29, 2022
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It's been about a month since emerald ash borer (EAB) presence was detected in Forest Grove, OR. The South Santiam Watershed Council, like many other councils in the area, has used native ash extensively in riparian vegetation projects and we are hopeful that these plantings will remain unscathed. We plant at high densities, as well, so if EAB do arrive locally, and ash sustain damage and mortality, we hope that other species will remain robust. Oregon has been planning for the arrival of EAB, and links to more information, including Oregon's response plan and a podcast from OSU Extension, are in our bio. This news is disheartening, but we have tools and techniques to work with, an awareness of the situation, and the strength of partnership on our side.

By Webmaster / July 27, 2022
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It's the first day of Outdoor School 2022!!! No filter needed for this absolutely bluebird day. We're excited to welcome Sweet Home SD 6th graders to Camp Tadmor today for our first in-person ODS since 2019. Thanks to our volunteers and partners who are here to help kids have the best outdoor learning experience possible, and to OSU Extension/Measure 99 funding for getting every kid in Oregon outdoors. #usfs #odfw #nokidleftinside #outdoorschool #camptadmor #sweethomeoregon #coyleoutside #hsixdesigns

By Webmaster / May 31, 2022
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The answer to our geotrivia question from last week was… Crabtree Falls! This small but powerful falls is nestled in Crabtree Creek near a side-channel reconnection project that the council worked on with partners from both BLM and Weyerhaeuser. This project helped ensure that migratory fish could continue to reach the upper basin.

By Webmaster / April 21, 2022
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We're back! Please join us at our first in-person board meeting in about two years. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 3pm in the Community Room at the Lebanon Public Library. We will continue to have a remote option as well, so DM, call or email for that.Plus! In honor of our first meeting back, here's a geotrivia quiz: where in the South Santiam was this photo taken? Come to the meeting to find out or check back here for the answer! A waterfall cascades over brown and grey rocks in front of evergreen trees and trees with no leaves.

By Webmaster / April 15, 2022
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The Kalapuya peoples are the original inhabitants of the South Santiam basin and beyond. Many Kalapuya are now members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.Decades of effort to document the Kalapuya language have resulted in the recent publication of the Kalapuya Dictionary. A first run of the 4 volume set was distributed to key individuals and institutions, including K-12 schools and universities. Now, organizers need help raising funds to print additional copies.You can support their efforts directly by contributing to the GoFundMe campaign to print additional copies of the dictionary. To learn more about the work that has gone into this dictionary and Kalapuya history, read a recent OPB article. Links to both are in our bio. : Tall, bare trees by standing water in a green meadow against a grey, cloudy sky.

By Webmaster / April 1, 2022
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Another year has passed and our annual report is available on our website– link in bio. We are filled with gratitude for all who work, live and play in the South Santiam, for our partners and co-conspirators, and for the critters that persist and thrive in these waters, forests and fields. Every watershed council has a few things in common: we work hard, we are passionate about what we do and where we are, and we generally like to mix in some fun as much as possible. In honor of that, we give you the Friends of the South Santiam, non-human edition. Pull up a seat– maybe that picnic table next to Roaring River in the first photo?– and enjoy some of the offbeat perks that this year held. Happy New Year!1. Picnic bench on gravel bar next to Roaring River. Large trees on far bank have yellow and orange Fall foliage. 2. A rusty metal sculpture resembling a pig. Created for target shooting, it was never used for its intended purpose so now it's art. 3. A young orange stripped cat sitting in green vegetation next to an off-channel pond. 4. A larger dog with long black, white, and tan fur walks along a row planted with small trees and shrubs in an agricultural field. A section of Hamilton Creek riparian area with mature conifers and hardwoods is in the background. 5. A brown and tan house cat sits by a laptop on a standing desk in our Director's home office. 6. Two black, white and orange butterflies alight on animal scat deposited on a green mossy log in Moose Creek. 7. A young brown goat named Jack takes a break from eating tree trimmings in dappled sunlight near Hamilton Creek. 8. An older black dog with brown eyes and a greying muzzle lays on their bed.9. Two items found along lower McDowell Creek that seemed to go together: a black, toy SUV now driven by a plastic, Caucasian male doll who happens to be extra stretchy.

By Webmaster / January 3, 2022
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