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Things to do in Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is teaming with opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Wild Nature.

Native Americans are known from archaeological excavations to have inhabited the region for thousands of years. Nearly 100 dwelling and root-gathering sites belonging to the Modoc, Klamath, and Shasta tribes have been uncovered to date. By the 1880s, they had been completely replaced by white settlers, whose mining cabins still dot the region.

Natural features in the monument include Pilot Rock, which is a volcanic neck or interior of an extinct volcano, similarly formed as Devils Tower in Wyoming, and the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the monument area. There is a fire lookout tower on the top of Soda Mountain built in 1962 to replace the original 1933 structure. Although the top of the mountain is also the site of dozens of television and radio broadcast and relay dishes, the view from the fire lookout of the surrounding mountains is unobstructed. From the lookout, one can see Mount Shasta, Mount Ashland, Mount McLoughlin, and on clear days, the rim of Crater Lake.

Hike with views

Depending on your point of view, there can be many reasons why some hikes are more satisfying than others.

Get Out: Friday, June 9

To have an event listed in Get Out!, email the information to  Rogue Valley WalkersSaturday, June 10: 10K “Name That Park" walk in Grants Pass. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of The Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. This is an American Volkssport Association registered walk. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikesReservations are required for SOLC's annual spring hikes.

BioBlitz tallies Cascade-Siskiyou monument creatures

Eighteen species, 18 Southern Oregon University biology students and 60 volunteers may add up to continued protection for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, whose status is currently under review by the Trump administration.The volunteers and students participated in the third annual BioBlitz of the monument, this year collecting information on amphibian and reptile species. In previous years inventories were taken of butterflies and plants.“This initial inventory that was collected

Monument search turns up 18 amphibian, reptile species

Community members and biology students from Southern Oregon University traipsed through the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on May 20 to collect information on amphibian and reptile species.The third annual BioBlitz, sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, drew 60 community members and 18 SOU biology students. The group members observed 18 species, including five lizard species, six snakes, one turtle, three salamanders and three frogs.SOU Biology Department

Spring hikes showcase monument diversity

ASHLAND — Those who scramble along the rocky walls of the Jenny Creek Canyon to reach Jenny Creek Falls will see views rarely captured by the naked eye.Hike there June 11 with members of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council, and you'll learn there's biology behind that beauty.They'll hear how the falls actually create a natural barrier isolating the creek's endemic native redband trout and Jenny Creek sucker — the only dwarf sucker found in the Pacific Northwest

Wild Side: Save and explore the monument

Well. That didn’t take long.President Donald Trump has already issued the first major attack on our public lands in the form of an attempt to remove protection from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Ashland’s backyard, and 26 others around the country. Our monument is a critical stronghold for plants and animals, and a boon for local recreation. Now that the weather is warm and the snow is melting from the slopes, it’s time to get out and explore your monument and

Citizen scientists invited to monument herp survey

Reptile and amphibian enthusiasts are invited to join in the first herpetology survey of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, set for Saturday, May 20, at Pinehurst Elementary School.Conducting the survey are the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the Southern Oregon University Biology Department.Herpetology derives its name from the Greek word "herpein," meaning "to creep," and includes such animals as frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and

Research symposium shares Cascade-Siskiyou ecology

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Wild Side: Summer outdoor guide, part one

This is the first in a three-part series to an outdoor summer guide. In this first installment, you’ll get to know some of the nonprofits that get you out in nature and teach about the region. Part two will feature guided outfitter trips in the region. Part three will feature the top backpacking trips in the region. It is so cold out right now. Sure, the snow is incredible this year. But if you’re like me, you may already be thinking about your spring and even your summer plans to

5 Ways to Enjoy the Newly-Expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

In 2011, a group of 15 scientists came forward with their fears around the fate of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. Designated as a monument only 11 years earlier by President Clinton, the nexus of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges faced perilous threats from climate change and nearby development, according to the scientists. The 65,000-acre monument had been created to preserve the rich variety of forests, grasses, plants, and other ecological specimens growing in the region; without help, researchers argued, the unusual mix for which the monument was known would be lost to history.

Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world

A group of Oregonians searches for the disappearing Franklin’s bee.

School of HARD ROCKS

The motto of trail-makers is, "If the rock is small enough for one man to carry, it's too small."

Hobart Bluff, a pleasant, rewarding day hike

Some hikes are rugged forays through wild country to hard-earned mountaintops with dazzling views. Some aren't, and that's fine, too.Reaching Hobart Bluff is simple and straightforward. It's a pleasant day hike through white fir and oak/chaparral forests and high-country meadows to craggy basalt cliffs offering bird's eye views of peaks like Mount Shasta, Mount McLoughlin and Pilot Rock.It's a hike almost everyone can do, and even offers two choices.The shortest, easiest way to reach Hobart

SOU's Fall in the Field turns outdoors into a classroom

Not long ago, Shannon Browne was sitting at a desk in San Francisco, etching out a promising career in marketing and advertising.From the outside looking in, Browne was ahead of the curve — the paychecks were rolling in, even better opportunities were almost certainly right around the corner and there’s no shortage of things to do for a 20-something in the Bay Area. But inside, something wasn’t quite right. It was a good job, no doubt. But was it her passion, her calling?

Premiere: Cascade by Colin Malloy

See photos of Colin Malloy's composition, Cascade with SOU Percussion

Finding butterflies and moths

Butterflies are generally appreciated by everyone; beautiful to look at and helpful pollinators! If you are in the Rogue Valley you are lucky enough to live lose to some butterfly hot spots. So grab your family, a camera, a net if you have one, and go catch some butterflies! All vocabulary words are bolded in…

Discovering the Mystery of Where We Live

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” -Rachel Carson- Rachel Carson (1907-1964), renowned biologist and writer, is most well-known for her career as an activist, taking a brave stance against pesticides with her publication…

Pilot Rock: Remnants of a Volcano

I am no geology expert.  When I see a rock, I think "rock."  I don't usually think about the subduction of the oceanic plate or rocks melting or an explosion of gas and ash.  And I certainly don't notice that the entire range of the Western Cascades (including Pilot Rock) are slowly tilting towards the…

Climbing Accident Turns Conqueror Into Defender

Dave Willis was on Lone Pine Ridge, looking down into the rugged canyons where the Cascade Range, Great Basin and Siskiyou Mountains come together, when he began to put the energy he once devoted to

Cyclists celebrate state bikeway at inaugural ride Saturday

Among the 80 bicyclists who spent their Saturday pedaling through miles of hills and scenic sights along the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, two saw a new side of Southern Oregon for the first time as they celebrated their wedding anniversary.Rick and Kathy Dancer, who celebrated 33 years together Saturday, came from Springfield to ride 51 miles on the recently designated Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway. They participated in the Up & Down bike ride, the first official ride on the route

Wild Side: Area micro-climates offer relief from the heat

It is that time of the year again. It. Is. Hot. Oh the August dilemma: Do I pull the shades and huddle in the almost-dark, semi-tolerable indoor and binge watch the latest Netflix mini-series? Or, do I go outside and risk spontaneously bursting into flames? Being a hermit has never been my strong suit, but the heat is really starting to get to me. July 2016 was the hottest month in the history of recording the Earth’s temperature. Let that sink in for a second ….On

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    Formed in 1997, KS Wild fights for protection and restoration of the incomparable ecological riches of southwest Oregon and northwest California. We monitor public lands in the Rogue River-Siskiyou, Klamath, Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, and the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the Bureau of Land Management.

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