The North Umpqua Foundation

Protecting a priceless resource through education, research & habitat restoration.


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Thanks to all who made donations to our Scholarship Challenge. Because of your generosity and support we have matched our goal and will be adding $15,000.00 to our Scholarship Fund. These monies will go a long way in our efforts to provide financial assistance to those pursuing careers in fisheries science, aquatic ecology and related fields that someday might benefit all of us.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Fund in 2002 the Foundation has awarded 11 scholarships, totaling $29,000. Ten of the scholarship recipients were students pursuing advanced degrees and in 2012 the first award was granted to an undergraduate at Oregon State University.

The graduate projects have included studies in the areas of fish migration patterns, the importance of streamside vegetation, genetic identification of patterns of migration, and salmonid fry maturation.  Some of these studies will be of great importance as biologists begin to study the effects / success of the recently installed fish passage facility at Soda Springs Dam.

As you are considering your year-end charitable contributions, the Foundation’s Board of Directors hope you will consider donating and helping us achieve this important funding goal. Any contributions should be identified as restricted to the Scholarship Fund.

Contributions can be made securely online by following this link.

A River Worth Preserving

The North Umpqua River flows nearly 100 miles, from its headwaters high in Oregon’s central Cascades to its confluence with the South Umpqua near the city of Roseburg. Coursing through steep basalt canyons past stands of Douglas-fir forest, it is a river of astounding clarity and beauty. Since first gaining fame in sporting circles in the 1920’s and 30’s from the dispatches of Major Lawrence Mott and western novelist Zane Grey, the North Umpqua has earned a place on the list of important fly fishing destinations. Anglers travel the world over to its famed pools for the river’s native summer steelhead. Other resident and anadromous species in the river include Chinook, Coho Salmon and Cutthroat Trout.

The North Umpqua Foundation

The North Umpqua Foundation was founded in 1983 when anglers and other concerned parties banded together to oppose a hydroelectric project that could have had an irreversible impact on the river. The project was defeated, but other threats loomed for the well-being of the river and its anadromous fish—from the poaching of native steelhead in Steamboat Creek to the deterioration of sensitive spawning grounds. Since that first victory, the Foundation has remained intact to protect and advocate for a river that can’t speak for itself.