Pilot demonstration project of the
Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc. and
local cooperators will sponsor 30-60 students from the Siletz School SMILE
program, Philomath High School Forestry program, Toledo High School, and
Eddyville High School to spend a day on the Siletz River. Students
will accompany local experts to gather water quality data, document fish
populations, and learn basic fishing, mapping and survey skills.
Students will be divided into 8-12 groups with 1-3 adult supervisors and/or
drivers (and possibly a radio) for each group. Field maps, inventory
forms, disposable cameras, water testing equipment, and notebooks will
be supplied to each group. Survey equipment, GPS receivers, boats,
and fishing gear will be distributed as needed.
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
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:
Viola Sondenaa regarding native plant locations,
Curt Jorgensen regarding steelhead sportfishing,
Mike Kosydar regarding commercial salmon fishing histroy,
Robert Kentta regarding Siletz tribal history from 1850 to now
Scan local fish photo collections, index, and enter on the Internet.
Write poems and draw pictures of and about the Siletz River, its native plants and animals, and the people and other plants and animals that live here.
Develop long-term river and fish monitoring strategies within the school and community.
Develop formal math, geography, computer, biology, writing, and history projects within the existing school curricula that integrates data and products of the May 6 and 7 activities.
Return to the Siletz River Day Website.