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Big Windy Fire Report

Big Windy Fire Report: Wildfire on the Wild Rogue An analysis of fire effects, fire suppression impacts  and management implications      A view into the Big Windy Fire, looking down Howard Creek in the Zane Grey Roadless Area From the introduction to the Big Windy Fire Report:        On July 26, 2013 lightning crashed down on northern Josephine and southern Douglas Counties in Oregon, starting numerous wildfires in the Cow Creek and Rogue River Watersheds. Three small fires were lit in the tributaries of the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. These three fires—west to east—including the Calvert Peak Fire, the Jenny Fire, and the Big Windy Fire, all burned in relatively remote and inaccessible terrain. In early August 2013 these three fires were declared a “complex” with one extensive fire perimeter; later these fires merged, yet in some places never burned to the officially declared fire perimeter. The fires, burning...

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A view into the proposed Mt. Ashland Ski expansion area in the winter of 2011. The lack of a deep snow pack this season has brought the ski resort to the brink of financial collapse, ensuring they won’t have the funds to expand anytime soon.        For many years now the Mt. Ashland Association (MAA), owners of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, have proposed expanding their operation by building new ski runs and chair lifts in the McDonald Peak Roadless Area and the municipal watershed for the town of Ashland, Oregon. The expansion would include over 70 acres of new ski runs, clear-cut into old-growth forest at the headwaters of Ashland Creek. The area in question includes numerous rare plant species, including Henderson’s horkelia (Horkelia hendersonii), the Siskiyou Mountains’ only stand of Engelman spruce (Picea engelmannii), and the world’s only population of the Mt. Ashland lupine (Lupinus lepidus var. ashlandensis)....

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I am pleased to announce that the first printing of  The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology sold out and that the second printing has been completed and is now available for sale. Luke Ruediger, January 31, 2014   Books are available through this blog and at the following retail stores: Medford, ORThe Northwest Outdoor Store Ashland, ORBloomsbury BooksThe Northwest Nature ShopThe Ashland Outdoor Store Grants Pass, OROregon Books & GamesAquarius Books & Gifts Cave Junction, ORCommuneITea Eugene, ORTsunami BooksBackcountry Gear, Inc. Crescent City, CAJefferson State Books

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The Black Salamander — Aneides flavipunctatus

Photo by Luke Ruediger The Black Salamander is relatively rare in the Siskiyou Mountains. Unlike the restrictive range of the Siskiyou Mountains Salamander (Plethodon stormi), which is centered mainly around the mountains of the Applegate Valley, the Black Salamander (Aneides flavipuntatus) has a range that extends from Sonoma County, CA in the south, up to Jackson and Josephine Counties, OR at the northern end of its range. There is also a disjunct subspecies (Aneides flavipunctatus niger) in the Santa Cruz area. Experts are currently debating a further separation of the species into four subspecies, with the northwest lineage—including the Siskiyou Mountain population—given its own subspecies. Currently there are only 17 documented sites in Oregon, 14 of which are found on federal lands, including the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Medford District BLM. 93% (or 13) of the known sites are found within the Applegate River watershed. The Black Salamander occupies...

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