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Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council

2017 Report

The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council is a community-based non-profit organization, located in southern Oregon.  The mission of the AP&WC is to promote ecosystem health through stewardship, education and restoration carried out in partnership with landowners, agencies and other interested parties while contributing to local economic and community well-being.


AccessAccess Food Share Gardens

Since their inception in 2010, ACCESS Food Share Gardens have contributed over 370,000 pounds of organically grown produce to the ACCESS network of 50 emergency and supplemental food pantries, meal sites and other distribution sites in Jackson County of southern Oregon. 

Coastal Habitat Education & Environmental Restoration (CHEER)

Programmatic Stream Maintenance Program/ Pajaro River Watershed First Responder Clean-Up

The mission of CHEER is to restore coastal ecosystems but do so in a way that safeguards resource-based local economies.  CHEER is a “boots on the ground” organization that works through a variety of community partnerships to reverse damage that has been done to the Pajaro River Watershed in northern California, especially in areas that impact native fish.

Downers Grove Public Library

Digitizing the Downers Grove Public Library Newspaper Collection

The goal of this project was to provide a means for the Downers Grove Public Library to start a local history collection, in digital form, so that citizens can access a variety of historic documents and photos.  Specifically, this project focused on digitizing the contents of the local newspaper, the Downers Grove Reporter, from 1895-1922.  The contents of the Reporter, which had only been accessible through microfilm, is now available to the public through a link on the library’s website,

The Western Neighborhoods Project

Lake Merced: Guns, Golf, and Grebes

The Western Neighborhoods Project is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco.  In 2016, funds from the Schwemm Family Foundation were awarded to the Project for the “Lake Merced: Guns, Golf, and Grebes” program.  This series of educational programs, which were carried out during the summer of 2017, was made up of history walks, presentations, and a companion webpage/online gallery sharing the natural and cultural history of San Francisco’s Lake Merced from the 1850’s to today.

Rogue River Watershed Council

Beeson-Robison Fish Passage Improvement

The Rogue River Watershed Council works to restore in-stream and streamside habitat, improve water quality, and encourage community members to become stewards of the vast Rogue River Watershed. In 2016, Schwemm Family Foundation funds were awarded to the Council for a project that focused on Wagner Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek, which flows into the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. One of the main aspects of this project is to remove the Beeson Robison dam.

Boone County Historical Museum: Digitization of Obituary Archives 1851-present

Boone County ObituariesThe Boone County Historical Museum is located in Belvidere Illinois. One of the main roles of the Museum is to provide a venue for citizens to research genealogical and other historic documents.  An important type of document used in this type of research are obituaries.  Over the years, the Museum has archived over 30,000 obituaries going back as far as 1851.