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Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) organization that helps watershed residents work together to improve the health of the Coos watershed. These efforts are rooted in science and driven by the belief that balance between economic and environmental interests is possible.

What We Do

The Coos Watershed Association creates a local, non-governmental network and funding resource so that landowners can easily communicate their issues and opportunities, and explore ideas and techniques for land management and watershed health.

What You Can Do

The Coos Watershed Association accepts donations in multiple forms. You can even donate your time! Every donation you make, big or small, strengthens our watershed by supporting community based education, monitoring, and restoration efforts.

Announcements

We're hiring!

The Association is seeking a qualified professional to join our dynamic team and become our next Noxious Weeds Specialist! This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits that includes both field and office work. Deadline to apply is February 27; visit https://cooswatershed.org/employment/ for more info.

We're turning 30 this year!

Save the date for our birthday bash, which will be special this year because we're turning 30! If you'd like to be an event sponsor or donate auction items, see below!

We've moved!

As of 11/21/23, our new address is 381 N 2nd in Coos Bay! Our entrance and parking lot are on 3rd St. Our mailing address hasn't changed (PO Box 388, Coos Bay).

Holly hack-a-thon happening through February 29, 2024!

This might be our most fun invasive species event yet! The goal is simple: reduce the number of invasive English holly plants in our watershed. To make this more fun, we are pairing up with the woodworking experts at the Oregon Coast Artisan and Trade Education Collective (OCATEC). The winning holly trunk will be turned into something made out of holly wood!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

1. Watch the informational video here: https://youtu.be/nJ35TRR6D2c

2. Remove the largest diameter holly you can find, using saw or chainsaw. Document the latitude and longitude of the removal site.

3. Trim off all the branches and remove all the berries--it is important that the berries stay with the stump and are NOT transported! (refer to instructions in the video)

4. Bring the holly to OCATEC (64505 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR, located in the old Charleston School). Look for the Holly hack-a-thon drop-off flyer.

5. Fill out the contact information sheet and attach it to your holly trunk. Place the hacked holly underneath the drop-off flyer.

6. Repeat! There is no limit to the number of entries!

HOW TO WIN: If you submit the holly trunk with the widest diameter, you will be our winner and can choose either a holly-themed wood-working class at OCATEC or a hand-crafted item (both utilizing your holly wood submission!).

PHOTOS: We'd love to get some action shots of you chopping down holly! If you get any, please send them along to kklietz@cooswatershed.org.

If you have any questions, contact Kara at kklietz@cooswatershed.org or (541) 888-5922 Ext 311.

Volunteer Opportunity: Native Plant Nursery Days in 2024

Join us for the next wave of volunteer days at our nursery!
We will be offering two volunteer days a month at our native plant nursery on the First Saturday and Third Thursday. The nursery is in the middle of a wetland preserve, so in addition to helping out with plant projects, you will also have the opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife. It is a magical place that we would love to share with YOU!
Where: Off of Catching Slough; exact location and directions will be provided upon sign-up.
Sign up (required): Contact Kara Klietz at kklietz@cooswatershed.org or call 541-888-5922 Ext. 311. Feel free to email or call us with questions.
More info: To learn more about the Matson Creek Wetland Preserve and the role of native plants in watershed health, visit https://cooswatershed.org/what-we-do/plants/

Apply for a Coho Life Cycle Monitoring Internship!

We are seeking interns to help with our Coho Life Cycle Monitoring program. Must have a flexible schedules with 1-2 free days per week and reliable transportation. For more info, visit https://cooswatershed.org/employment/.

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