Community Forum on Wildfire

Come join us for Community Forum Night at the Fruitdale Grange

All Hands On Deck (focus on Fire)

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Thursday evening, March 28, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm,

Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass, 97527

Overview
This forum will specifically focus on fires and poor air quality like we experienced last summer. As we look toward solutions and how to mitigate this risk, we will hear from fire experts and have an opportunity to ask questions such as how can we reduce the risk of catastrophic fires and accompanying smoke? And what plans are being made by government and agencies to prepare for the coming summer?  

We invite all governmental, service groups, emergency services and community organizations to attend, as well as concerned citizens. All are welcome.

Any questions please contact Jerry Allen at jerry@thistledownorchards.com.

We hope to see you there!

5G ACTION ALERT _DEADLINE_FEB. 20, 2019

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5G ACTION ALERT _DEADLINE_ FEB. 20, 2019-get info to staff

Sent by Catherine Kleiber (www.electricalpollution.com
<notice her Brief Solutions page for dirty electricity et al – http://www.electricalpollution.com/solutions.html >)

Send information to Senate Committee about health hazards of 5G

** Ask for public hearings with independent researchers, medical providers included. **

“I want to start by thanking those of you who contacted the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and members of the Sub-Committee on Communication, Technology and the Internet to ask that they place a moratorium on implementation of 5G and hold a hearing to receive testimony from scientists about the very real health and environmental hazard 5G and the IoT pose. If you have not already contacted them, please take the time to do so.

Please submit references and information about 5G to:

REED_COOK@COMMERCE.SENATE.GOV

Deadline is TUESDAY, February 20, 2019 (Please do not contact Sen. Blumenthal’s office separately unless you are a constituent.)

There is no deadline for contacting the committee to request that they hold a hearing on the health and environmental consequences of 5G.

The more people they hear from until they hold hearings the better, so please ask others to call also.

In addition to the committee phone numbers below:

At Senate Commerce Hearing, Blumenthal Raises Concerns on 5G Wireless Technology’s Potential Health Risks 2.7.19

https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/…/at-senate-commerce-hear…

Sen. Blumenthal needs our support, so be sure to call the Committee to ask for the hearings.

Others on the committee need to feel pressure to act. The calls will help provide that.

Recommend that the Committee contact Environmental Health Trust (www.EHTrust.org) for a list of scientists who should testify.

Phone information is below for the Senate Committee.

If your own lawmaker is on the committee, also contact them directly and ask that they push for hearings on health and environmental effects of 5G.

Talking points for when you make the call to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

1) Experts are calling for wireless (radiofrequency/microwave) radiation to be classified as carcinogenic, a designation supported by epidemiological and double-blind studies.

2) Congress should not support universal exposure to a carcinogen that also causes adverse biological effects that are detrimental to human health and the environment.

3) 5G technology will dramatically increase exposure to wireless radiation due to the dramatic increase in connectivity and the need for numerous so called “small” cell towers.

4) 5G technology incorporates the addition of wireless radiation in a frequency range that the military uses as a weapon due to its detrimental effects.

5) 5G will vastly increase energy consumption.

Refer them to www.EHTrust.org and www.Whatis5G.info for more information.

Ask that they contact the Environmental Health Trust to connect them to experts they should ask to testify on this issue.

Protecting our health and the environment by using a hardwired computer in a low RF environment. For more information, see:

Contact Us

Before contacting the Committee, please check our list of frequently asked questions FAQ for answer to your question.�

Contact Information for the Committee �Full Committee Office �Majority: 202-224-1251

Majority Address: 512 Dirksen Senate Building; Washington DC, 20510�Minority: 202-224-0411

Press Office �Majority: 202-224-1251�Minority: 202-224-7824

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/…/communicationstechnologya…

Subcommittee Members

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. – Chairman�Sen. Brian Schatz D-HI – Ranking Member

Majority:

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.�Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.�Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.�Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas�Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.�Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.�Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.�Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah�Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.�Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.�Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska�Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.

Minority:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.�Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.�Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.�Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.�Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.�Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.�Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.�Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.�Sen. John Tester, D-Mont.�Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Information about the hearing, including written testimony can be found at Permalink:

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/…/winning-the-race-to-5g-an…

electricalpollution.com
Basic information about reducing exposure to radiofrequency radiation…

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

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Mark your calendar~

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

A transformative journey and a profound inquiry

Saturday, April 13, 2019  1:00 – 4:30 pm

at the UUGP Fellowship, 129 NW E Street, Grants Pass, OR


Suggested donation $5-10
Reserve your spot by emailing: larkswain@jeffnet.org


The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

The half-day workshops have been delivered by skilled Facilitators to hundreds of thousands of participants in over 80 countries since 2005.


Co-sponsored by Sustainable Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance

Reserve a space…

Awakening The Dreamer Planning Session

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All are welcome to help bring the internationally acclaimed “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium of the Pachamama Alliance to Josephine County in a few months.

Join the co-creative planning at the Sustainable Rogue Valley monthly meeting on

Sunday January 13, 12:30 to 2pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

129 NE “E” Street, Grants Pass

(across the street from Mamosa’s).

sustainableroguevalley.org

or call/text Michelle 707-508-5052

Awakening the Dreamer

You’ll look squarely at the state of the world – where we are and how we got here – and explore what role you can play in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually-fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. The symposium was created to shift the dominant culture of consumption and alienation to one that honors and sustains all life.

“Awakening the Dreamer” symposium has been delivered to hundreds of thousands of participants in more than 80 countries since 2005.

Find out more at pachamama.org/engage/awakening-the-dreamer

Resilience Awareness Month – November 2018

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FREE EVENTS in Jackson & Josephine Counties throughout the Month to Raise Awareness of Trauma-Informed Practices and the Tools for Building Resilience for Individuals, Families and Our Communities:

November 3: Green Bag Day for the Food Project–sign up to join the Food Project all around Jackson County: www.onegreenbag.org

November 5: Open ACEs Training at Highland Elementary School, 2320 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass). Pizza at 5:30, training to follow, childcare provided. RSVP at this link.

November 7: Rogue Community Health “Rogue Way to Health” Luncheon, Noon, Inn at the Commons in Medford. For information on attending or sponsorship, please call 541-842-7711.

November 14: Strengthening Families Workshop in Grants Pass, 9 am to noon, Department of Human Services, 2101 NW Hawthorne in Grants Pass.

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.  It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

To register email, Chelsea_Reinhart@soesd.k12.or.us

November 14: Community Showing of new documentary“Screenagers at Phoenix High School, 745 North Rose Street, Phoenix, 6 pm. No RSVPS necessary, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

November 15: Open ACEs Training at Hidden Valley High School, 651 Murphy Creek Road, Grants Pass. Pizza at 5:30, training to follow, childcare provided. To register, email jessica.durrant@threerivers.k12.or.us

November 16: Open ACEs Training at SOESD, 101 North Grape Street, Medford, 1 pm to 3 pm. Register at this link.

November 27: Community Showing of new documentary “Screenagers” at Ashland High School Mountain Ave Theatre, 201 South Mountain Ave, Ashland, 7 pm: no RSVPs necessary, doors open at 6:30 pm

November 28: Strengthening Families Workshop in Medford, 9 am to 4 pm, at the SOESD, 101 North Grape Street, Medford. Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.  It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

To register email, Chelsea_Reinhart@soesd.k12.or.us

November 28: Community Showing of new documentary“Screenagers”at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass, 6 pm. No RSVPS necessary, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

AND THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:

Great events and workshops for Parents & Families from The Family Connection! Check out the full calendar event here.

New Fairgrounds Sign Post

Sometime during this years Fair at the Fairgrounds, the main sign for our Firewise Demonstration Gardens was ripped off it’s post…most likely an accident.  It has taken a while to get it repaired, but this week Mike Nelson donated and installed a large heavy-duty post that will not be easily damaged!  Thank you, Mike!

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Up on the grape vine post you will see a bird house that Mike also installed last spring. It housed TWO families of swallows – one right after the other! Mike cleaned it out this fall so it is all ready for next spring.  The swallows that created the nest used grasses and pigeon feathers to line it!

There were TWO crops of grapes on the grape vines this year as well and lots of yummy strawberries and figs. Our little fig tree put on a lovely crop this year.

We harvested a good crop of Showy Milkweed seed from the Monarch Butterfly Garden. If you are interested in growing this beautiful native Milkweed to support the Monarchs, please contact me at barb22 at manddalaarts.com.

The gardens are doing well overall. A few plants have struggled with the conditions and a few plants have done so well we had to take them out because they threatened to take over the bed they were in! This winter we will thin out a few things and dig a few volunteer plants that are great plants but in the “wrong” place. We will keep you posted.

Happy fall!

 

Want to help support Drawdown in the Rogue Valley? Here’s a simple way

For Ashland’s 4th of July Parade, Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance is imagining an entry that features lots of people marching, each one holding a sign with one of the 80 Drawdown Solutions (for details, see the book Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming).  We’d like as many families and children as possible.

You and your family and friends are invited to be Drawdown Solution sign carriers in the Parade! To sign up, please contact Catie Faryl (catiefaryl@hotmail.com or 541 535-1854) and let her know if you have a favorite Drawdown Solution you’d like to carry and how many people you’d like to bring along.

You are also warmly invited to jump right in and participate in either of the planning sessions scheduled for:

Wednesday May 23,  2-3 pm
at the Center for Creative Change
107 W. 1st St in Phoenix

or

Thursday May 31, 6 – 7  pm
at the Bellview Grange
1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland

Join us for sharing the vision that it’s not game over, it’s Game on!

Lorraine Cook
Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance

New Permanent Signs for the Fairgrounds Gardens!

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On Monday Mike Nelson and I installed the 6 new full color metal signs on the five Firewise Demonstrations Garden beds at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  One sign is for the project as a whole and the rest describe the purpose of each garden bed; the Permaculture Garden, the Bees and Pollinator Garden with Mike’s wonderful Insect Hotel, the Monarch Butterfly garden, the Natives Edibles Garden and the Rain Garden. The beds are now going into their third year and are doing very well!

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The thriving Permaculture Bed in April – grape vines not leafed out yet.

Mike also just installed a new bird house designed especially for swallows, and moved the small one it replaced down to the crepe myrtle in the Monarch Butterfly bed.

Our butterfly “bath”, which was a 12″ un-glazed clay saucer, disintegrated this winter and we need to replace it. If you have a large clay saucer you don’t need, please let us know.

As a reward for all our hard work – we did a little harvest of purple asparagus before we left – some of the biggest asparagus I have ever seen! Yum!  The strawberries and blueberries are in full bloom and the fig tree has lots of little figs forming. Last summer we had a bumper crop of grapes as well!  Anyone working on caring for the beds gets to enjoy whatever is ripe at the time.

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Stop by the Fairgrounds at any time (they are always open) and check out the new signs.  I am usually there on Monday mornings. If you have an interest in helping to maintain the gardens email me at barb22 at  mandalaarts.com.

The Landscape of Environmental Justice

Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Large Meeting Room – Medford Public Library
205 South Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501

RCC’s Diversity Programming Board & SO Health-E invite you to join us for dinner & a discussion about climate, environmental, & social justice, food security, and health outcomes.

Please register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-landscape-of-environmental-justice-tickets-44195249180

Learn About:

•Rural movements & the work that can be done in anti-white supremacy &gender justice.

•Current environmental issues from a climate- and food-justice perspective focusing on race/ethnicity and health disparities.

•Protecting & restoring the diversity of native pollinators, and reducing the toxic chemicals in our environment.

•Empowering communities to build healthy and fertile soils, and to grow and save native and heirloom seeds.

•Overview of Jordan Cove LNG Export/Pacific Connector Pipeline, with discussion of significant impacts.

Printable pdf Flyer

Right to Repair

Stand up for your Right to Repair!

State Legislators have the power to protect you from unfair and deceptive policies that make it difficult, expensive, or impossible for you to repair the things you own. Right to Repair or Fair Repair Bills have been introduced in 18 states, but they  will only pass if you tell your lawmakers that you want Right to Repair.


Posted by Jerry Allen

To be a sustainable, resilient, self-reliant community we need to be able to reasonably fix stuff and not just throw it away and make another trip to the big box store. We also need to support local repair shops. It’s time to speak out for your right to repair

This year, the people of Oregon have a chance to guarantee their right to repair their stuff—like cell phones, laptops, and even tractors.

It’s yours. You own it. You shouldn’t have to beg the manufacturer for permission to fix it when it breaks. Tell your legislator that you want the right to repair.

There are two easy ways to get in touch: call and write. We’ll track down your legislator’s contact info for you.

Common Questions about Right to Repair

What does Right to Repair do?

Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.

That sounds great! Who would be against that?

Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.

Is Right to Repair a new concept?

Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.

How can I get involved?

It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Oregon!
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Visit the Repair.org website, contact your representatives, and let your voice be heard. If you don’t want Apple to be the only place you can go to repair your iPhone or Mac computer, you need to reach out to your representatives and tell them that! This is really important!

Swallows Raising Family in Permaculture Garden Bed at Fairgrounds!

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While weeding the Fairgrounds Demonstration garden beds this week, we noticed a pair of swallows darting in and out of one the birdhouses that David Sligar made for our Permaculture Garden bed!  Needless to say we are pretty psyched about that!   We have had Monarchs lay eggs in the Monarch Butterfly Garden and many many bees and other pollinators visiting each year, but this is the first time we have had birds use the bird houses!  Even in the middle of what is essentially a big asphalt parking lot we were able to create an environment that encouraged birds to inhabit it! Yea!

 

Natural Sustainable Flood Management

 

Rural Sustainable Drainage from novadada on Vimeo.

 

Produced by
Antony Lyons with Rough Glory Films
Additional flood footage shot by
Brian Cooke, Jeremy Williamson
Adam Laity (used with kind permission of Esther May Campbell)
Music:
‘It Always Rains in England’ by Ergo Phizmiz
(creative commons license)

The Stroud RsuDs project is located in the catchment of the Stroud River Frome, which rises from the Cotswold escarpment in Gloucestershire. The project arose primarily out of a concerted effort by community flood action groups to reduce flood risk using natural flood management techniques.

The vision is “To create a river catchment where water management is fully integrated into land management practices. Where public bodies, private companies and local communities work together to manage water within the landscape, creating valuable habitat for wildlife and people, and limiting flood risk downstream”.

The majority of headwaters in the catchment have been impacted by incision and bank erosion, straightening and removal of woody debris, siltation and soil pollution. To help achieve the project’s vision and aims over 280 measures have been installed over 18km of stream/river. Key activities undertaken include introducing large quantities of Large Woody Debris, reducing the speed of flow in erosion gullies by filling with logs and brash and much more.

The long term vision is to link with partners working to improve fish migration from the sea to the restored headwaters and to create an enduring and sustainable system for adding new projects and maintaining river improvement works.

 

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“Leaky” Alder dam to slow and spread water flow.

Learn about Rain Gardens and Bioswales at RCC

The following is a Press Release put out by Rogue Community College about the project Sustainable Rogue Valley is doing in collaboration with them on the Grants Pass Redwood Campus.

 

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The Rain Garden at RCC after the fall planting day

Grants Pass-Rogue Community College (RCC) and Sustainable Rogue Valley are working together to complete the demonstration Rain Garden and Bioswale on the RCC Redwood Campus to show how to help protect stormwater pollution from fouling freshwater ecosystems.

The demonstration project at the RCC Redwood Campus is located next to the Josephine Building at 3345 Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. Volunteers are needed to help complete the project. Anyone who wants to get involved and experience this project firsthand is invited to join the Sustainable Rogue Valley group at the Josephine Building parking lot on:

  • Friday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to complete wetland and flower planting.
  • Friday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to construct a trail designed to encourage people to walk and discover the project.
  • Earth Day, Thursday, April 19, at noon and 1 p.m., there will be tours of the site.

RCC’s demonstration rain garden collects rainwater runoff from impervious landscapes such as parking lots and roads and filters the water through a bioswale using unique wetland plants and organic matter that acts as a sponge that holds and breaks down contaminants and pollutants while letting water seep into the ground or enter natural drainage systems. With a healthy and varied plant community, rain gardens can produce a pleasing environment while providing a vital function in the watershed.

Signs are posted on-site to explain the project and its goals, the pattern of runoff, types of wetland plants, and how bioswales improve watershed health. “We hope this demonstration site will inspire others to build rain gardens and bioswales to improve water quality and beautify the landscape,” said Charles Rogers, the RCC science instructor managing the project.

This project has been funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to construct the drainage basin and filling it with mulch. The local Williams Creek Watershed Council completed that stage during the summer of 2017. Additional funding was provided by the RCC Foundation and Ashland Food Co-op for plants and materials to complete the rain garden.

Sustainable Rogue Valley is a local group dedicated to fostering sustainable practices through community service and education.

Individuals and local groups interested in getting involved in planting, shaping and maintaining this active demonstration project can visit www.sustainableroguevalley.org for more information. If you would like to help with completing the rain garden, contact Rogers at crogers@roguecc.edu.