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Crater Lake National Park Light Chasers:          Nature Photography Field Trip

        With Photographer Rob Mutch, September 4-5,  2013

Every location and subject has it's own unique lighting conditions and the caldera of former Mount Mazama is special indeed! Through on-the-ground experience this introductory field trip will teach you how to photograph in this challenging ecosystem. In addition to exposure and lighting you will learn logistics, equipment, technique, composition, and natural history as we move from the park's lower Ponderosa pine/Lodgepole pine forest into the higher reaches of sub-alpine Whitebark pine forest.

To take advantage of this field workshop, you can join either Umpqua Watersheds, Inc or Oregon Wild at the $175 level.  If already a member, a donation to our organizations would provide you with this very special bonus.  The maximum limit for the workshop is twelve people. The minimum number is three. 

Overnight Stay: Lost Creek Campground
Date: September 4th - 5th.  
To become a member and register go to  or call the Umpqua Watersheds Office at 541-672-7065 to register and become a member. 

All proceeds will go to the Crater Lake Wilderness Campaign.

ALSO for more information on the workshop go to photographer Rob Mutch’s Facebook Page:
For any additional information, you can also check out the Crater Lake Wilderness Facebook Page

Carpooling is a great way to expend less carbon, consolidate on camping sites and get to know your fellow workshop attendees.  Lost Creek Campground is first-come, first-serve and no reservation is necessary.

Once you sign up, we’ll be in contact about where the Meet–Up Site will be closest to you.
For further information, call
Umpqua Watersheds  541-672-7065, Oregon Wild  503 283-6343  x202

A look at the 2012 Youth Wilderness Campout

Youth Campout 2010The near surreal azure of Twin Lakes competed with the perfect blue of the Cascade sky all weekend, night's blazing stars captured by those clear, calm waters for our delight. Yes, the 13th annual Umpqua Watersheds' Youth Camp Out, held July 29-31, could not have been sited in a more picturesque location, nor could the weather have been more delightful: warm, not hot days, cool, but not cold nights.

Including adult chaperones, 18 of us spent most of Friday, all of Saturday and half a day Sunday in mostly roadless native forest, surrounded by alpine giants, many of which must have been seedlings when the nation was founded.
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Umpqua Watersheds is Committed to Making the Crater Lake Wilderness a Reality!

Umpqua Watershed’s Wild On Wilderness Committee is proud to be working for the proposed “Crater Lake Wilderness” in collaboration with other conservation organizations. The Crater Lake Wilderness proposal contains seventy-four percent of our previously proposed “Wild Umpqua Wilderness” with key roadless areas included from the Umpqua, plus the backcountry of Crater Lake National Park.  Helping us to promote this wilderness proposal is Oregon Wild, Environment Oregon and the Crater Lake Institute and with the support of many of our friends throughout the state.

Profiting from wilderness means protecting natural treasures

We live in a changing, dynamic world, where in Douglas County lumber production is no longer the largest employer for our workers. With increasing job diversity, local employment includes many who work on computers from home. My grandparents would be shocked to see people instantly accessing one another, as well as global information, in mere seconds. Equally shocking would be the replacement of many family farms with housing developments. While farms and resource-extraction industries, like mining and logging, are expected to continue to decline in overall employment, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, photography and other wildlife-related recreation is expected to continue to grow, adding substantially to the county's income. In 2006, Oregon took in $1.9 billion in wildlife related recreation, and that number continues to rise.