May 6 & 7, 1998 Summary of Activities & Events

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Large Salmon

Pilot demonstration project of the

Oregon Websites and Watershed Project/OSU Siletz SMILE Program

Basic Plan:

Fish Data:

Water Quality Data:

Students will gather data during the school day, in conjunction with regular school assignments and in coordination with other classes and projects based at the school.  Projects and events will be reported on the school's website as they are scheduled or occur.  Field data will be gathered at the conclusion of the day's activities and formatted for entry on the school's website during the remaining weeks of school.  Results will be made available for the coming year to local agencies, residents, businesses, land owners, resources managers, and interested members of the public.

The project is intended to be rescheduled annually by Siletz School for several years to come.  It is also intended to serve as a model for other Oregon communities that can be replicated by public schools and local Watershed Councils as a contributing part of the Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project and/or the OSU SMILE program.

Classroom on the Siletz River Day will involve two basic days of activities, Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 1998; one based at Siletz School and one along the Siletz River.  Data gathered from scheduled activities will be formatted and displayed on the Internet as classroom exercises during the remainder of the school year.  Results will be displayed and made available to the public for Summer, 1998 and the 1998-99 school year.

The following list provides business, agency and academic affiliations, and names of individuals that will be leading activities during the next few weeks in conjunction with the May 6 and 7 events.

May 6, 1998

Dr. Benjamin Stout (MS Harvard, PhD. Rutgers) will lead three discussions with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students of Siletz School on May 6th.  The topic will be "Ideas about Numbers" and the focus will be on basic concepts and objectives regarding attempts to underststand populations of plants and animals in forests and streams.  Ideas about samples, precision, accuracy, error and estimates will be discussed.  The lectures are in preparation for Siletz River Day on May 7th at the School.

Bruce Fraser (NW Maps Co.) will videotape Dr. Stout's lectures for teaching and archival uses.  Copies will be made available to Siletz School and to sponsors and participants in Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project.

May 7, 1998  Classroom on the Siletz River Day.

Siletz School, Philomath High School Forestry Class, Toledo High School, and Eddyville High School students will work together and with local experts during the course of the day on the following projects:

PEAS Website Crew.

Bonnie Weaver (Siletz School SMILE), Erik Badzinski (Eddyville School PEAS) , Virginia Smith (Pioneer Telephone) and Hervey Allen (WebSoft Associates) will work as a team with students to broadcast the day's events over the Internet as they are scheduled and reported.  They will also cooperate through the remainder of the school year to prepare data gathered from the various field crews for display on Siletz, Eddyville, Philomath, and Alsea School websites.

Camas Prairie Crew.

Ed Aulerich (Forest Engineering, Inc.) will guide 3-5 students in locating traditional Siletz fishing sites with modern section corners, standard survey methods, and GPS coordinates.  Water quality and temperature data will be gathered at strategic locations.

Coyote Rock Crew.

Bob Zybach (NW Maps Co.) and Randy Weise (Siletz School SMILE) will take 4-8 students on photography/interview trip to  document and count seals in Siletz bay. Local individuals will be interviewed and recorded. Water quality and temperature samples will be taken at strategic locations, and GPS coordinates established at select mapping points.Historical data, including 1930s aerials and 1950s wetland maps, will be formatted for Internet display.

Euchre Creek Crew.

Mike Darcy (Siletz School principal) will take 2-10 students to inventory and document fish species presence and establish GPS coordinates at traditional Echre Creek Falls fishing site.  Water quality and temperature data will be gathered at strategic locations.

Gravel Creek Crew.

Kevin Roberts (The Timber Company) will take 2-3 students on a steelhead fishing, documentation, and mapping project at primary fishing sites and redds. Electro-shock fish sampling techniques will be used to measure the presence of fish species in several named tributaries.  Water temperature and quality data will be gathered at strategic locations.GPS coordinates will be taken at key sampling locations, fishing holes, swimming holes, and landmarks.

Long Prairie Crew.

Billy Jo Smith (Toledo High School SMILE) will direct 2 to 3 students to gather water samples at five strategic locations along the Siletz River at the junction of the North and South Forks of the Siletz and the mouth of Schooner Creek to test for fecal coliform bacteria.  Measurements will be made at the Toledo High School science lab during the following day.

Medicine Rock Crew.

Mike Kosydar (Lincoln County PUD) will take 2-3 students on a steelhead and trout fishing trip by drift boat.  Students will gather water quality samples and attempt to catch and map fish on traditional fishing holes and riffles.  GPS coordinates will be assigned selected points.

Rock Creek Crew.

Marv Rowley (Associated Oregon Loggers) will show 2-4 students how to measure and map extent and volume of 1996 Rock Creek landslide.  Results will be compared to aerial photos, prepared for GIS and Internet uses.GPS and water quality information will be gathered above and below slide reach.

Schooner Creek Crew.

Tony Stein (Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife) will set up watershed display at Trask School.Students will document the project for Internet display, take water quality samples above and below Lincoln City, record seal and chum salmon population data from observations and local interviews.

Siletz Gorge Crew.

Bob Edmond (NW Maps Co.) will take 2-3 students on a steelhead fishing, documentation, and mapping project at primary fishing sites and redds. Water temperature and quality data will be gathered at strategic locations. GPS coordinates will be taken at key sampling locations, fishing holes, swimming holes, and landmarks.

Siletz Prairie Crew.

Dave Mooney (Siletz School) will take 2 to 3 students on a steelhead and trout drift boat fishing trip, gathering water quality and temperature samples, documenting fish populations, and taking GPS readings of swimming holes, fishing holes, redds, and named riffles.

Sunshine Creek Crew.

Terry Selby (Philomath High School) will take 6 to 9 students to work with biologists Gail Anderson and David Anderson (Boise Cascade Wildlife Biologists) to set up long-term riparian zone cross-section studies on Sunshine Creek, Whiskey Creek, and 4th of July Creek.  Students will help to construct cross-sections, locate with GPS receivers, and return in coming months and years to measure environmental changes at the study locations.

May 8 to May 31, 1998.

Shaun McKinney (USDA Region 6 Forest Service) will format student data developed during May 7 field projects into GIS datasets that are compatible with other rivers of the Oregon Coast Range.The students work will then be integrated with other GIS layers available over the interagency Internet website.Later in the month he will visit with the Siletz SMILE groups and show them how to access the site to create maps and print them to paper or prepare them for Internet display.

***Other possible projects.  These long-term projects can be integrated within the May 7 day's activities with other classroom activities taking place that day at the school.

Siletz River Oral History Project: