I had the opportunity to learn about and experience first hand the environmental issues that Oregon and the USA face. The group travelled to different parts of the county (Portland, New Orleans and Washington D.C.) to observe problems and the solutions that are imposed. We went to the McKenzie River Trust, where an effort to restore the forest is taking place. We visited the coast, where scientists and organizations are trying to save the marbled murrelet.
Throughout all those field trips and during our stay in Eugene we had many volunteering opportunities, such as participating at the Zero Waste Programme at the University of Oregon, strengthening the little trees at the McKenzie River, counting the population of the marbled murrelet at the coast and helping at the Lost Valley, a permaculture farm.
We had the chance to explore the unique nature of this country by visiting the old growth forest and the sand dunes of Siuslaw National Forest and the bayou of New Orleans.