15th Anniversary & Willis - Warrior Award

 Dave Willis (2nd right) welcomes Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Board Members Peter Schroeder, Marty Peterson and Terry Dickey at the 15th Anniversary gathering. Friends of CSNM 2015 Photo. 

Dave Willis (2nd right) welcomes Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Board Members Peter Schroeder, Marty Peterson and Terry Dickey at the 15th Anniversary gathering. Friends of CSNM 2015 Photo. 

 Dave Willis with Pepper Trail. Dave Willis was Awarded the Tim Lillebo Wildlands Warrior Award by Oregon Wild. TPD Photo.

Dave Willis with Pepper Trail. Dave Willis was Awarded the Tim Lillebo Wildlands Warrior Award by Oregon Wild. TPD Photo.

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hosted a gathering at Buckhorn Springs to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Rainy & the Rattlesnakes performed bluegrass music as community members dined outdoors on a barbecue meal. 
     The evening program featured a case for an expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, presented by speakers Pepper Trail, USFWS Ornithologist & Poet Laureate of CSNM; Michael Parker, SOU Professor & Biologist; and Dave Willis, chair of Soda Mountain Wilderness Council.
     Dave championed the establishment of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness and continues to protect the biodiversity of Southwest Oregon. In May 2015 Oregon Wild presented Dave Willis with the first annual Tim Lillebo Wildlands Warrior Award. Read at Oregon Wild about the Award to Dave. Read at American Profile (2001) about Dave's work in creating the monument. For those of us new to the region, we learn and respect the ongoing work that needs all of us. Congratulations - Dave!

 Falls at Jenny Creek with Michael Parker. Matt Witt 2015 Photo

Falls at Jenny Creek with Michael Parker. Matt Witt 2015 Photo

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is offering a series of hikes to show why the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was established for its biodiversity. Read about the hike details at the Daily Tidings. 
     
All the hikes require advance contact with the person leading the hike to reserve a place on the hike and to find out where the group will meet before setting out. 
     June 13, Sunday: The National Center for Conservation Science and Policy's aquatic ecologist, Brian Barr (541-621-7226; brian@nccsp.org), will lead a short, round-trip hike-and-scramble from the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon (elev. 3,300 feet) down to Jenny Creek Falls (elev. 2,700 feet) in California. Moderately difficult; three-plus miles, some steep scrambling. Meet at 9 a.m.
     June 19, Saturday: Veteran Sierra Club hike leader Cathy Edwards (541-210-0204; ziglerugn@aol.com) and National Park Service botanist Sean Smith will explore where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest in the Greensprings Mountain (elev. 5,225 feet) unit of the South Cascades Wilderness proposal northwest of the Greensprings Summit. Some off-trail hiking. Moderate, about four miles. Meet at 3 p.m. and bring your sack supper to enjoy the evening of the almost-longest day of the year. 
     June 26, Saturday: Join Southern Oregon University aquatic ecologist Michael Parker (541-552-6796; parker@sou.edu), on a cross-country ramble through Fredenburg Meadow (elev. 3,600 feet) and down into the forested Jenny Creek Canyon in the northeastern corner of the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument. All off-trail hiking. Moderate; three miles or less. Meet at 9 a.m.