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A Tale Of Turning A Ditch Back Into A Stream

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Stephen Cunliffe/Jefferson Land Trust

It's easy to take our physical surroundings for granted, especially if we're outdoors and the landscape is pretty.  But could it be pretty in different ways? 

That's the question that faced biologist Scott Freeman and his family.  The "drainage ditch" they adopted was actually a stream, as important as any stream to the creatures who live in it... and downstream, and in the bay, and so on. 

The process of working to restore that stream is told in Scott Freeman's book Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family's Quest to Heal the Land.  The author joins us with the high points of the story.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.
April Ehrlich is a reporter at Jefferson Public Radio, focusing on in-depth investigative journalism and data reporting. She advocates for journalists across Oregon as the vice president of the Oregon territory chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.