Young scientists to display projects aimed at watershed health, trail access

GLENDALE — High school students from across southwestern Oregon will descend upon Glendale next month to share projects aimed at improving watershed health and opening trail access to watersheds.

The students will be participating in the 10th annual Regional Watershed Science Symposium set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at Glendale High School.

Most of the students are enrolled in applied science or environmental science classes, and most are working on science-based stewardship projects through Oregon Stewardship, the Jacksonville-based, nonprofit, outdoor-outreach program.

Displays and 12-minute oral reports will highlight some of the work done locally by these students, says Jim Hutchins, who founded and runs Oregon Stewardship.

Students in seven southwest Oregon schools have spent time this past school year planting trees in riparian areas of streams near their schools, Hutchins says. Others will give reports on various science experiments, wood duck-box surveys and trail development in places like the Denman Wildlife Area.

Many of the projects displayed at the symposium will be entered in various science competitions.

Along with Oregon Stewardship, the symposium is sponsored by the Glendale School District and the Swanson Group.

The symposium is free and lunch will be provided.

For more information, telephone Hutchins at 541-770-2703 or e-mail him at

Annual spring beach cleanup Saturday

Volunteers will scour 362 miles of Oregon coastline Saturday in the 25th annual Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup.

The event, which began in 1984, is the signature project of Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism, or SOLV.

Volunteers will meet at 40 different sites, then fan out to collect all the garbage they can carry off Oregon's sand and rocky beaches.

The cleanup will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

South coast sites include the Brookings Information Center across from the Harris Beach State Park entrance; the Port of Gold Beach office; the Ophir State Recreation Site north of Gold Beach; the Battle Rock State Wayside at Port Orford; and the Bandon City Park.

Last year's cleanup netted 111,000 pounds of trash, according to SOLV.

Backpacking workshop in Ashland April 2

A Talent author will present a free workshop on the intricacies of lightweight backpacking April 2 at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland.

Carol Corbridge, author of "The Boomer's Guide to Lightweight Backpacking," will present a slide show and talk, with demonstrations, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the shop, 154 Oak St.

Corbridge will highlight new products and discuss load-lightening techniques.

Though her book targets hikers of the baby boom age, the presentations are useful to anyone who wants to lighten their backpacking load, regardless of age.

For more information, telephone 541-482-3241.

Chinook clinic at Joe's

The Joe's store in Medford will hold a free in-store clinic Friday for area anglers who want to learn the basic techniques for catching spring chinook salmon anywhere on the Rogue River.

Joe's guide Jon Geyer will conduct the one-hour clinic beginning at 7 p.m. at the store, 2370 Poplar Drive.

Geyer will be going over all the techniques to catch these large, migrating and tasty fish throughout the 157-mile stretch of the Rogue.

Geyer will discuss techniques used on the lower, middle and upper Rogue — from boats and the bank.

The spring chinook run is just beginning on the lower Rogue, and fishing is very popular in the upper Rogue from early May through July 31, when the upper Rogue season closes.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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