Stanley J. Petrowski

petrowski Stanley J. Petrowski ~ Founder and President/Director of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership. He has been a resident on his ranch in the Tiller area of the Umpqua National Forest for 25 years. His resume below illustrates some of his activities and conservation efforts. His interest in restoration ecology began with the appearance of Coho salmon in the stream across his property in the winter of 2004-05.





Standing member of the Forest Service USDA Rogue Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee
Standing member of the BLM DOI Southwestern Oregon Regional Resource Advisory Committee

Native Fish Society – Native Fish Conservation and Restoration of the Pacific Northwest
Native Fish Society River Steward for the South Umpqua River 2009 -present

South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership – Founder, South Umpqua Community Based 501(C)3
President and Director 2004 – present
Board Oversight Responsibilities :
Restoration Committee
Beaver Advocacy Committee
Umpqua Biochar Educational Team
Cares-Community Emergency Communications
Restoration Science Education

Umpqua Watersheds - Oregon Regional Conservation Organization
Board of Directors 2009 – 2020
President 2014 - present
Vice President 2011 - 2014
Chair: Restoration Committee

Lomakatsi Restoration Project - Ecological and community revitalization
Board of Directors 2011-2019

Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers - Douglas County Watershed Council
Board of Directors 2004 –2016
President from 2009 – 2011
President elect 2007 – 2009

NW Fire Science Consortium member

NW Biochar Group member

Umpqua Basin Beaver Working Group member

Tiller Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Board of Directors – 2011 – present

Notable Activities and Accomplishments:

USDA 2014 Rise to the Future Award: Special Category - Private Citizen Commitment To Watershed Restoration
See news release below.
American Fisheries Society Fisheries Team of the Year Award 2008
See new release below.
Umpqua Watersheds Conservationist of the Year Award 2009

Personal Information:
Viet Nam War Veteran:
I am a Viet Nam volunteer war veteran who entered the United States Army at age 17 and served from 1964 -1967. I received an honorable discharge after my service.
Agriculture and Conservation:
My wife of 40 years (2016) and I have owned and managed sustainable ranching operations for 35 years. We own a natural fiber cottage industry that produces value added products for international consumption from our happy extended family of Angora goats. All of our efforts have been guided by careful and resource sensitive best practices management methods.

Rise to the Future 2014

USDA News Release

Stanley Petrowski Receives Forest Service National Award For Commitment To Watersheds

Roseburg, OR- May 26, 2015 – Stanley (Stan) Petrowski was recognized for his dedication to watershed restoration in the Umpqua Basin. Stan was a recipient of the 2014 Rise to the Future Award for Private Citizen Commitment to Watershed Restoration. Stan was presented the award in Washington, D.C. Rise to the Future awards are presented to individuals working on fisheries, hydrology, soil science, and air programs. Stan’s long-time commitment has had a profound effect on aquatic habitat, politics and small community stability within the Tiller area.

His unwavering commitment to sensible land management and sustainable use practices, combined with an astonishing number of volunteer hours is inspiring,” said Bob Nichols, Supervisory Fish Biologist at the Tiller Ranger District. “When trust was low with the Forest Service, Stan allowed restoration on his ranch. Now, large numbers of Coho spawn in that reach of the river,” continued Nichols. “Stan is an unwavering force for resilient communities and healthy watersheds. His work needed to be recognized so Tiller Ranger District employees were excited he was selected from the field of nominees,” said Nichols.
In conjunction with his work toward watershed restoration, Stan is active in many aspects of his community. He has served as president of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership since its inception. In addition, he’s the President of Umpqua Watersheds. He was the President of Partnership for Umpqua Rivers for a term. Stan is the South Umpqua River Steward for the Native Fish Society. He was chair of the Umpqua Resource Advisory Council in 2014 and he is currently a member of the USFS Rogue-Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee. He is on the SW Oregon BLM Resource Advisory Committee also. Additionally, he’s active on the Board of the Lomakatsi Restoration Project and a member of the Northwest BioChar Working Group. Stan’s leadership and his genuine concern for community and the ecological health of the area inspire many people in the community.


Photo 1 - Stan Petrowski accepts his 2014 Rise to the Future Award for Private Citizen Commitment to Watershed Restoration in the National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.






rise_to_the_future_2Photo 2 - From L-R: Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service, Stan Petrowski, and Robert Harper, National Director of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants for the Forest Service





American Fisheries Society Fisheries Team of the Year Award 2008

When Oregon Coastal Coho were at a very low ebb and listed as a threatened specie USDA Forest Service employees of the Umpqua National Forest banded together with private landowner Stanley Petrowski to execute an ambitious aquatic habitat restoration project on a major tributary of South Umpqua Elk Creek. The successful restoration project has had an alarming positive impact on Coho salmon reproduction in the watershed. The award winning fisheries team consisted of Casey Baldwin, Tiller Ranger District Fish Biologist, Robert Nichols, Tiller Ranger District Fish Biologist lead, Todd Buchholz, Forest Supervisors Office, Jeff Dose, Umpqua National Forest Supervisors Office Fish Biologist and Stanley Petrowski, cooperating land owner.