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Author: Luke Ruediger

Program: Red Buttes Wilderness Natural & Cultural History

Red Buttes Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon Program: Red Buttes Wilderness Natural & Cultural History Thursday, November 21, 7 pm Science Building, Southern Oregon University Luke Ruediger, author of the recently released  The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, will discuss the natural and cultural history of the exquisite Red Buttes Wilderness, a small but special Wilderness south of Applegate Lake in Northern California.  Southern Oregon University, Science Building, RM 171.  Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm.  Free.  Contact Kristi: 541.941.3744.    Getting to SOU: From Siskiyou Blvd, travel south (uphill) on Mountain Ave. to Ashland Street.  Turn left on Ashland St. and the Science Building will be on your right after Elkader.  Walk up the steps or to avoid the steps, drive around the Science Bldg. and park in the back.  RM 171 is on the first...

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Hinkle Lake Revisited: The Beginning of Recovery

The Hinkle Lake Basin with Whisky Peak in the background This past weekend I visited a favorite place of mine. I drove up the Middle Fork of the Applegate River to the Fir Glade Trailhead and hiked closed road #850 (aka “The Hinkle Lake Trail) into the Hinkle Lake Basin. For over a decade now I have worked to protect the Hinkle Lake Basin and the Hinkle Lake Botanical  Area from OHV abuse. The last few years have seen an increased effort by many other individuals and organizations, and now, finally, things have begun to change for the better. The turning point toward recovery has been the Forest Service’s serious commitment, over the past year, to enforcing an effective motor vehicle closure for this now over 30 year-old Forest Order Closure. This has included adequate signage and notice of the road closure, gating, tank traps, and increased enforcement and monitoring. October, 2006 OHV tracks in lake                    ...

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Grazing issues on the Siskiyou Crest

Alex Hole, in the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area, is being heavily impacted by unmanaged cattle. I recently went to the eastern Siskiyou Crest with Felice Pace from the Campaign to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California. Felice has been monitoring grazing allotments in the Marble Mountains Wilderness Area for numerous years and is working to reform grazing practices that are violating the Clean Water Act and degrading some of the region’s most pristine high mountain springs, wetlands, and meadows. In early September we set out across the Siskiyou Crest monitoring grazing allotments on both the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Klamath National Forest. What we found was appalling, yet all too routine in the mountains of the west. Cattle have been overgrazing the high mountain meadows of the Siskiyou Crest for decades. Beginning over 150 years ago sheep, then cattle began overgrazing green fescue and other upland grasses in dry clearings, meadows,...

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Maps for The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology

Applegate Foothills North  This map includes the Buncom, Dakubetede, and Wellington Butte Roadless Areas. Download Map of the Applegate Foothills North Applegate Foothills South This map includes the Boaz Mountain, Collings/Kinney, Little Grayback, Elliott Ridge, Stricklin Butte, and Whisky Peak Roadless Areas. Download Map of the Applegate Foothills South Red Buttes Region This map includes the Condrey Mountain, Indian Creek, Kangaroo, and Grayback Range Roadless Areas. Download Map of the Red Buttes Region Siskiyou Crest Roadless Areas This map includes the Big Red Mountain, Glade Creek, Observation Peak, and Mudusa Flat Roadless Areas. Download Map of the Siskiyou Crest Roadless Areas Siskiyou Wilderness Area This map includes the Siskiyou Wilderness Area and the adjacent roadless areas. Download Map of the Siskiyou Wilderness Area

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