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Environmental Education Resources

  • Conservation Education Capacity and Needs Assessment - July 2006 (1,962 KB PDF)
  • Explore the national Conservation Education web site -- dedicated to educators, both formal and non-formal -- for teaching and learning resources.
  • Environmental Educators Resource Directory for Douglas County Teachers - April 2006 (1,467 KB PDF)

Umpqua National Forest Speakers Bureau

Do you need a speaker for your organization's upcoming seminar, meeting, dinner or other event?

The Umpqua National Forest offers a host of professionals prepared to provide informative presentations that focus on informing people about the Forest Service – linking people with nature and the intricacies of managing forest and water resources.

Topics below address the range of activities involved in managing a national forest. Presentations range from water quality to wildlife management and recreation opportunities to genetic resistance in trees.

Speakers offer their services at no fee to you depending on availability and travel time.


Harmful Algae Blooms: Aquatic Invasive Species, Threats & Prevention Measures

Two different presentations.

  1. Most algae blooms are harmless, but some blue-green algal blooms can produce toxins that may sicken people and animals. Blue-green algae are found in many nutrient-rich Oregon lakes. Find out about blue-green algae, potential human health risks, and what the Forest Service is doing about the algae.
  2. Never launch a dirty boat! Learn about the unwanted aquatic plants and animals found on the Umpqua National Forest. Hear how they are impacting us and what people are doing about the invasive species.

For More Information and check on availability:

Al Johnson, Hydrologist
ajohnson at fs.fed.us or (541) 225-6431


Recreational Opportunities

Explore things to do and places to visit on the nearly million-acre Umpqua National Forest. From thundering waterfalls to still mountain lakes, water is the essence of the Umpqua National Forest. Regionally distinctive features provide generations of visitors a natural setting for recreation and connect visitors with other significant features and destinations. As Bill often quotes, "Destination Waters – where friends and family meet."

For More Information and check on availability:

Bill Blackwell, Assistant Forest Recreation, Lands, Minerals Staff Officer
bblackwell at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3349


Fire's Effects to Soil

Ecosystems from the Tropical Rain Forests to the Temperate Forests of the Pacific Northwest are a reflection of the soils they grow in. Learn a little about the various types of soils that make up our planet and the ecosystems that cling to them. You will come away with an understanding of why ecosystems can either be sensitive or resilient to disturbances such as wild fires, farming, and logging based on an understanding of soils and the factors that form them.

For More Information and check on availability:

Greg Orton, Soil Scientist
gorton at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3343


Rock Climbing in the Umpqua Basin

Rock climbing has become a popular sport in Oregon. Local rocks such as the Acker Rock, Old Man and Old Woman, McKinley Rock, Youtlkut Pillars, and the Callahans attract climbers from around the state. In this presentation, Greg Orton will talk about this sport and its history in our area.

For More Information and check on availability:

Greg Orton, Soil Scientist
gorton at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3343


Careers in the Forest Service

The Forest Service employs more than 30,000 permanent employees in hundreds of locations across the country. Many work in forest and range research, some develop the skills of others at our Job Corps Centers, and still others provide expertise in State and private forestry partnerships across the country. Learn about the many different jobs available with a career in the Forest Service, managing and caring for more than 193 million acres of our national forest system lands.

For More Information and check on availability:

Cheryl Caplan, Public Affairs Officer
ccaplan at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3270


Port-Orford-cedar: Natural genetic resistance to a non-native, invasive root pathogen.

Port-Orford-cedar is highly susceptible to a non-native, root pathogen. Fortunately, there appears to be some resistance in our native tree species, and the resistance program based on the Umpqua National Forest is one of the fastest moving forest tree resistance programs anywhere.

For More Information and check on availability:

Richard Sniezko, Forest Geneticist
rsniezko at fs.fed.us or (541) 767-5716


Resistance is not futile: Natural genetic resistance in our native conifers to non-native invasive pathogens.

Whitebark pine is a native high-elevation species present in many of our National Forests and Parks in the western United States. In December 2008, the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned to list it as an endangered species because of threats from blister rust, bark beetles and climate change. Learn about this program as well as find out about new data that suggests a natural genetic resistance in whitebark pine and how this will be a key in potential restoration of the species.

For More Information and check on availability:

Richard Sniezko, Forest Geneticist
rsniezko at fs.fed.us or (541) 767-5716


Exploring archaeology in the Umpqua Basin

A power-point presentation of the early contact period between explorers to settlers in the Umpqua Basin with the American Indian population and how this translates into the archaeological research completed in the area. Archaeological resource protection issues and the Passport In Time program will be addressed

For More Information and check on availability:

Debra Barner, Heritage & Tribal Relations Program Manager
dbarner at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3462


Botanical World:

Five different presentations.

  1. Native Wildflowers of the Umpqua National Forest: Interesting wildflowers and the habitats that they grow in
  2. Rare and Unusual Plants of the Umpqua National Forest: Southern Oregon is one of the most botanically rich areas in the United States and includes many species that grow nowhere else in the world.
  3. A Newly Described Species of Buckwheat: In 2009, a new species of buckwheat, Eriogonum villosissimum, was described from the cliffs of Acker Rock on the Tiller Ranger District. This appears to be the only place in the world that it occurs.
  4. Mosses of the Umpqua National Forest: Mosses and their relatives, liverworts and hornworts, dominate the forest landscape during the rainy months and play an important role in forest ecology.
  5. Invasive Weeds of the Umpqua National Forest: The Umpqua National Forest is working with state and local to manage the invasive plants in Douglas and Lane Counties.

For More Information and check on availability:

Richard Helliwell, Forest Botanist
rhelliwell at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3337


Hydropower on the North Umpqua River

Find out the status of projects prescribed in the 2001 settlement agreement signed by seven federal and state agencies and PacifiCorp for re licensing the 194-megawatt North Umpqua hydroelectric project on the Umpqua National Forest. Capital investment by PacifiCorp at the hydro project related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license will total about $120 million over the next 30 years. Contact Pam Sichting to arrange a presentation, which will include two members from the Resource Coordination Committee who oversees implementing the projects.

For More Information and check on availability:

Pam Sichting, North Umpqua Hydroelectric Program Manager
psichting at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3342


Wildlife on the Umpqua National Forest

Find out what type of wildlife live on the nearly million acres of the Umpqua National Forest. Hear how the agency is managing the forest for the 66 mammal species, 236 bird species, and 27 reptiles and amphibian species. See if you can spot Josh Chapman’s favorite wildlife species during his presentation.

For More Information and check on availability:

Josh Chapman, Wildlife Biologist
joshuachapman at fs.fed.us or (541) 957-3260