The Siuslaw Institute, Inc.


Watershed Arts, Science and Health

The Siuslaw Institute is pleased to be able to add videos to its website. These will reflect the scope and value of some of our major projects, and the contributions of organizations and people joining together to make this region more livable, useful, and sustainable for both community and habitat





Johnny Sundstrom, Founder/Director of the Siuslaw Institute


Since time immemorial, the Siuslaw Basin's watershed has supported habitat for salmon and a myriad of other native and wild species. However, over the past 170 years or so, this region has undergone significant and not always positive changes. The impacts of exploration and settlement, along with fur trapping, commercial fishing, timber harvest, and agriculture have altered many ecological, cultural, and economic characteristics of the watershed in its entirety. Johnny Sundstrom, a local rancher and long-time conservationist, brings his energy and unique perspectives to land management and the challenges of ecological restoration. In nearly five decades of living here, he has seen major shifts in social and biological approaches, agency responses and activities, and a wide variety of attitudes toward the uses and availability of the region's natural resources. (video produced by Siuslaw Watershed Council









Fivemile-Bell Landscape Restoration Project - Oregon Lottery participation and support

In 1998, voters approved a Measure that earmarked 15 percent of Oregon Lottery profits to go toward state parks and stream restoration projects. Many of the activities and projects carried out in the Siuslaw and Coastal Lakes area have received funding and support from this source. Fivemile-Bell is one of the largest and most important of these. Multiple partners have and are participating in this ten-year, multi-million-dollar effort, and at the time this video was produced, this design and work is more than halfway completed. Here are segments of interviews with some of those who have brought this Project from concept to reality and have shared in the recognition this work has earned. The Oregon Lottery produced this video to showcase one of the highlight endeavors of the its program to fulfill the wishes of Oregon's citizens to restore and enjoy a renewed and vibrant landscape







Jesse Beers, Siuslaw Tribal Member and Cultural Stewardship Manager with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI)



In this video, Jesse addresses the major ecological changes and impacts from the eons of Tribal stewardship, beginning thousands of years ago, to the more recent management practices of society today. The Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that Jesse and other tribal partners with CTCLUSI bring to restoration activities is invaluable in helping shape the future and potential of the Siuslaw area. We are extremely grateful for the guidance and support these Tribes have provided for many of the projects managed by the Siuslaw Institute and the Watershed Council for more than two decades. (video produced by Siuslaw Watershed Council)






"In His Footsteps" - Team Kenya's journey to Kenya carrying on Shiloh's research work and contacts

In April of 2016, the Siuslaw Institute and Oregon State University joined together to organize and host a two-day Symposium honoring and inspired by Shiloh Sundstrom's connections and research work in Maasailand, Kenya. It was called The Future of Pastoralism in an Era of Rapid Change, and its program was attended by over 130 ranchers from 9 western states, several Kenyans, academics, and Oregonians, along with many of OSU's students. Following this very successful event, the organizers were invited to apply for a $15,000 grant from Colorado State University's Center for Collaborative Conservation, to use in a follow-up effort for "ground-truthing" and updating Shiloh's PhD. research and community contacts in Kenya. This 18-minute video gives a brief overview of the journey of a Team of 13 individuals (4 Professors, 3 graduate students, 2 ranchers, 2 young people, Shiloh's mother, and a photo/videographer) going there for these purposes and to build on Shiloh's legacy. Using the funding from the CSU Center and additional funds from OSU's Departments of Geography and Human Engineering, the twelve-day excursion met with and was wonderfully received by communities, non-profits, a Governor, and many of Shiloh's friends