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Time for Outdoor School!!!

By Shannon Richardson / February 28, 2024
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Wait…what? It’s true– for something as amazing as Outdoor School, planning starts early, and we are in full swing! The South Santiam Watershed Council is grateful for the many partners that help make Sweet Home’s Outdoor School happen. Teachers and SSWC staff are busy planning activities and scheduling for this year’s Outdoor School at beautiful…

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Great Things Are Coming!

By Shannon Richardson / September 15, 2023
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We’re coming up on a busy time of year. Fall field trips are starting, grant-writing season is in full swing, and we’re in the process of bringing new staff on board. It’s a lot, but that’s where we come alive. One thing that watershed councils– and most small organizations– specialize in is thinking creatively about…

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Participate in a Beaver-Focused Discussion Group

By Shannon Richardson / March 7, 2023
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The Mid-Willamette Beaver Partnership is inviting those who own or manage property in the Mid-Willamette Valley to participate in a discussion group about interactions you have with beavers on or near your property. By Mid-Willamette Valley, we are referring to the areas within the Luckiamute, Ash Creek, Marys River, North Santiam, South Santiam or Calapooia…

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Upriver film

“Upriver” Willamette River movie screen showing Feb. 23!

By Webmaster / February 7, 2023
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The South Santiam Watershed Council will host a screening of the hour-long film “UPRIVER” on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 6:00 pm at this location: Barsideous Brewing (meeting room in the back)7644 S. Main StLebanon, OR 97355 This film highlights river conservation efforts through the Willamette River basin and was made by local film makers…

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You’re Invited!

By Shannon Richardson / January 3, 2023
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Over the last year, the council has engaged with Resilient Headwaters, a community-led coalition creating an intentional, strategic pathway to manage the increase in popularity of outdoor recreation, and leverage it to bolster the Santiam Canyon community’s future. Join us to talk about the Resilient Headwaters vision, what our goals are, share your ideas, and…

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2022 Annual Report

By Shannon Richardson / December 28, 2022
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Somehow, 2022 has come to a close. Take a look at our 2022 Annual Report for a quick wrap-up on the year, and what we’re looking forward to in 2023. In January, we’ll start meeting every-other-month on the third Tuesday at 4pm at the Lebanon Senior Center. You are always welcome to join those meetings,…

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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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Support Efforts to Revive the Kalapuya Language

By Mike Vernon / March 23, 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…

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Our 2021 Annual Report

By Shannon Richardson / December 30, 2021
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I’m pleased to present our 2021 annual report. We’re grateful to everyone who contributed this year, in so many different ways. Happy New Year to all of you!

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New Research Suggests Thinning Treatments Can Reduce Severe Fire Risk For Years

By Mike Vernon / October 12, 2021
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Prescribed fire is an important tool for land managers seeking to reduce fuels, protect communities, and restore historic conditions in fire-prone forest types. However, due to liability issues, agency capacity, and smoke restrictions, the application of prescribed fire lags behind treatment of forests through thinning. A recent study published in Forest Ecology and Management investigated…

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