The following groups met at the Rogue Basin Climate Summit. Possible activities are identified on this page and notes from the brainstorming session followed by possible activities are in the linked documents.

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Water, Eric Dittmer

Notes from Break-out session: Water Resources

ACTIONS: Create a Water Working Group

  • do not create brand new entity, expand on what exists.
  • seeking basin-wide coordination, inventory
  • need a coordinating group to organize the existing, umbrella group
  • local groups already exist
    • WISE
    • Rogue River Watershed Council
    • Rogue Basin Partnership
    • Soil and Water Conservation District
    • SOCAN

Forest Health & Fire, Gwyn Myer

Notes from Break-out session: Forest Health & Fire


1) Fire Resiliency conference

Rogue Basin Collaborative: Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy

SOCAN / SORFC / joint conference in June 2016

Purpose: to explore the Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy

Who is the target audience?  Specialists & General Public

Other groups to include:

  • Native speaker and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
  • Jackson & Josephine County Natural Resources
  • OR Dept of Forestry
  • Industry
  • Education groups

Also involved

Fire learning network

Fire adapted communities learning network


2) Community Wildfire Education Program

For details – see Gwyn and Megan

Agriculture, Steve Mason

Notes from Break-out Session: Agriculture


  1. SOIL MANAGEMENT – carbon sequestration, soil organic matter, water retention in soil, “Earth Works” systems
  2. WATER DELIVERY AND ON FARM WATER MANAGEMENT – water conversation (shading, key line, water catchment)
  3. FARM PRACTICES AND MODALITIES – plant types, systems, equipment, fuels, frost protection, heating, no till, grazing, hi grade alcohol fuels to run vehicles

Other categories mentioned –

ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND JOB GENERATION – incentives, plans, attracting youth to farming careers


Sustainable Energy & Building Construction, Kathy Conway

Notes from Break-out Session: Renewable Energy & Building Construction


#1) Support The Oregon Climate Stability and Justice Act (HB 3470 in 2015 session)

This comprehensive bill that encourages energy efficiency and reduction of fossil fuel use. Thoughts in the process:

  • how do we promote it to get legislators on board
  • getting people to go to November and January hearings
  • Business sign on letter
  • networking and recruiting across the state
  • how do we counter the resistance, educating people so that they are able to respond to the misinformation and arguments made by the opposition
  • polling shows that population of Oregon supports this measure—we must use this to our advantage
  • messaging

A state-wide planning meeting will be held on October 28. This group will convene after that meeting.

#2) Viable Financing

  • on bill for construction/remodel
  • policy action
  • understanding what options there are
  • identifying road blocks

Recreation & Tourism, Eric Peterson

Notes from Break-out Session: Recreation & Tourism

Conclusions: Recreation and tourism is the reason people come here.  Recreational industry needs to be leaders. Recreational experiences are great opportunities to teach about climate change. Encourage collaboration within the existing recreational industry. Build positive educational experiences that give folks hope and simple ways to make positive change.  We need to (re)write and tell our stories and plant seeds without turning people off. Cultivate our vision into our messaging. Offer comfort and hope in the moment to make people stronger.

Health, Lee Lull

Notes from Break-out Session: Health


  1. Medford Library display – Tiffany; see if it can be traveling display to other branches
  2. Create single Health page on SOCAN website: Care for Yourself While You Care for the Planet – Susan, Debbie , Ken
  • practical Seasonal checklist
    • How to prepare for upcoming wet winter – clean the gutters, install/check sump pumps,
    • Change furnace filters: give info on how often, what level of filter (the best you can afford)
    • Mold prevention – no county agency as resource, needs private resources
    • Include Social/Psychological/Mental Health Issues
  • encourage links to other websites
  • include psychological and coping information
  1. Recruit JC Mental Health to include coping with climate change health implications in their training of new staff and training of community groups – Debbie with others. Dr. Rod Birney as possible resource as trainer

Individual Action, Louise Shawkat

Notes from Break-out Session: Individual Action


#1) Personal Action/ Messaging

  • “Knowing what, when and how to say”
  • Plan to create scripts, develop a skeleton
  • Identify audience
  • World Food and Water Watch has templates
  • Group would post templates on SOCAN website
  • Kathleen will be leader, will send out doodle poll to find time to meet

#2) Politics

  • “Support state legislation to support climate change”
  • Gary will be leader, will find time to meet
  • Get text of 3470, get timeline, specifics of process
  • Identify people in other districts to communicate with their representatives

Transportation & Land Use, Dan Thorndike

Notes from Break-out Group: Transportation and Land Use

The group’s main thrust was finding ways to move people out of their cars and into transit or other modes. In that regard, we brainstormed many strategies, which fell broadly into three categories.
  1. Enhanced funding for transit and multi-modal transportation at both the local and state level.
  2. Better education regarding options for transit and other alternative modes of transportation, along with finding ways to involve the energies and interests of younger folks in these issues.
  3. Maximize the integration of planning and transportation so as to promote alternative modes, including transit, and to remove barriers to use of alternative modes (e.g., improve sidewalks, paths, bike-ways, etc., so as to provide safe and convenient connections from residences to transit).