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Author: Luke Ruediger

Radio Interview on the Jefferson Exchange

The view from White Mountain in the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area Listen to Luke Ruediger discuss his new book, The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology in a radio interview on the Jefferson Exchange. This radio program is part of Jefferson Public Radio which covers Southern Oregon and Northern California. Listen to the Jefferson Exchange interview here

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Summer on the Siskiyou Crest

Devil’s Punchbowl in the Siskiyou Wilderness Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi) on Cook n’ Green Butte in the Kangaroo Roadless Area 8′ DBH Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) at Steve Fork in the Red Buttes Wilderness Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) in the Siskiyou Fire in the Siskiyou Wilderness Serpentine ridge in the Red Buttes Wilderness The Silver Fork of Elliott Creek from the Pacific Crest Trail Echo Lake in the Red Buttes Wilderness Incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) on Studhorse Creek in the Condrey Mtn. Roadless Area

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Protect the Hinkle Lake Botanical Area

The Hinkle Lake Botanical Area hosts some of the Siskiyou Crest’s most spectacular high mountain meadows.           Hinkle Lake and the Hinkle Lake Botanical Area are located in the Oregon section of the Kangaroo Roadless Area, adjacent to the Red Buttes Wilderness, above Carberry Creek in the Upper Applegate River drainage. The Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is a place of spectacular beauty,set aside for its significant botanical diversity and quality of habitat. The meadow system surrounding Hinkle Lake is one of the largest in the Red Buttes region, and it hosts numerous rare and endemic species. One particularly rare species, known as the Alpine Liverwort (Chilosyphus gemmiparus), is found in only six other locations worldwide. Unfortunately, in the Hinkle Lake Botanical Area, Alpine Liverwort habitat is being severely degraded by illegal Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.          ...

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Order Now! The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology

A new hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Crest.   An invaluable and detailed tool for exploring this little known, yet wonderfully diverse region. The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology explores the sunlit oak woodlands, ancient old-growth forests, scrubby slopes of chaparral, pristine mountain lakes, and the rugged, flower-filled ridgelines of the Siskiyou Crest. The author examines the region’s wild character, unique biological diversity, unusual botany, fire ecology, natural history, and human history with each hike description and introductory chapter.  76 Hikes 19 Roadless Areas The Red Buttes Wilderness The Siskiyou Wilderness The entire proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument  The book outlines the region’s many threats and potential solutions to these threats, including the proposed designation of the Siskiyou Crest National Monument. Take this book along on any Siskiyou Crest adventure! Books are available...

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Endemic wildflowers of the Siskiyou Crest!

Fritillaria glacua (Siskiyou fritillaria) growing from rocky scree on Goodbye Ridge in the Kangaroo Roadless Area Summer in the Siskiyou Mountains is prime time to enjoy the region’s renowned botanical diversity. Whether hunting rare wildflowers or enjoying common, yet colorful species, the Siskiyou Crest offers some of the West Coast’s most diverse flower displays. Many species found in the region are endemic to the area, meaning they are found only in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. In this post I have featured a few species endemic to the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Look for them while you are out and about this summer.  Lillium bolanderi (Bolander’s lily) growing from serpentine boulders along Clear Creek in the Siskiyou Wilderness Castilleja schizotricha (Split-hair paintbrush) growing on serpentine balds near the summit of Big Red Mountain Lewisia cotyledon (Siskiyou bitterroot) near Cook and Green Pass in the Condrey...

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