• Get Out: April 15, 2011

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  • Annual BLM hikes on Table Rocks
    The hikes are three to five miles long on a moderate grade and last three to five hours. No drinking water is available. Restrooms are located at both trailheads. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Attendance is limited. To reserve space on a hike, call 541-618-2200. For more information, see www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php or www.nature.org/oregon/preserves.
    Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock: Michael Altman, herbalist and certified nutritionist at SOU, identifies plant species and discusses their medicinal uses.
    Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock: Molly Morrison with The Nature Conservancy and the BLM's Bucky Dennerlein talk about ecological and conservation efforts on the Table Rocks.
    Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock: Harry Fuller, a Klamath Bird Observatory field-trip leader, gives an expert's view of birds and their habitat. Bring binoculars. Participation is limited to 15.
    Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock: Nature photographer David Sherman will help shooters discover winning shots of flora and fauna.
    Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock: Robert Kentta, cultural resources director and elected official of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes.
    Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock: BLM wildlife biologist Jeff Stephens leads a trek looking for slithery, furry and feathered inhabitants. Joining him will be Mike Laurance, a BLM environmental interpreter.
    Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock: Heather Armstrong, a BLM environmental interpreter, will lead a family hike on Mother's Day.
    Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock: BLM botanist Marcia Wineteer looks for wild plants and wildflowers.
    Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock: SOU biology professor and entomologist Peter Schroeder searches out six- and eight-legged creatures. Participation is limited to 20.
    Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m., Lower Table Rock: BLM wildlife biologist Tony Kerwin talks about bats — from their habitats to the threats they face. Bring a flashlight. Participation is limited to 20.
    Sunday, May 22, 12:30 p.m., Upper Table Rock: Watercolorist and retired teacher Sylvia Miller leads a nature-sketching excursion. Bring a sketchbook, sketching pens and pencils, and a portable watercolor set. Participation is limited to 15.
    Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
    Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The hikes last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in reasonably good physical condition. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. Advance reservations are recommended. For information or to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, April 23: Ten-kilometer walk in the town of Rogue River starts at 9 a.m. Meet at Anna Classick Park on Pine Street. For more information, call 541-474-2291.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Wednesday ski tours: April 20, 27. Call Stefanie for details at 541-776-3987.
    Saturday intermediate ski lessons: April 16, 23, 30. Call Michael for details at 541-482-2703.
    KS Wild hike
    Saturday, April 16: Moderate, four-mile hike to Rainie Falls on the Wild Rogue. Trail has a few fairly steep and narrow sections. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 10 a.m. and the Grave Creek boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. For details, call Lesley at 541-488-5789 or e-mail lesley@kswild.org.
    Saturday, May 7: Easy hike along the Illinois River near Eight Dollar Mountain to enjoy the May flower bloom in this botanical paradise. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. sharp. Call George at 541-488-5789 to arrange a meeting in Selma if desired.
    Native Plant Society outings
    Saturday, April 16: Field trip to Rough and Ready Creek Botanical Wayside. Suzanne Vautier and Kathy Lombardo will lead an easy hike to admire the spring wildflowers and provide an update about an invasion of Allyssum murale and A. corsicum that are threatening this unique serpentine community. Group will meet at the wayside parking area on Highway 199 at 9:30 a.m. For details, contact Vautier at gone_fishing@frontiernet.net or 541-592-3939.
    Saturday, April 30: Sheri Hagwood will lead an easy, half-mile “Phlox walk” at China Hill in Yreka from 10 a.m. to noon to see the endangered Yreka phlox and other early spring treasures in bloom. For details, contact Hagwood at 530-841-3126, 530-842-2092 (evening) or naers2@gmail.com.
    Saturday, May 7: George Van Vetchen will lead a hike on his personal trail to the top of Fielder Mountain, north of the town of Rogue River. This moderate-to-strenuous, eight-mile (roundtrip) trail passes through private and BLM land and gains 2,500 feet elevation to the summit. A narrow trail climbs steeply through moist forests and turns south on a ridge to the summit, with views of Rogue River, Grants Pass and Mount McLoughlin and an abundance of plant life. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch and water. Take Exit 48 at Rogue River. Turn toward town, go over the railroad tracks and turn left. At four-way intersection turn left and take a right onto West Evans Creek Road after crossing the bridge. Turn left at box number 2583. Mailbox is by itself on a log post with three red reflectors. The driveway is about 0.3 miles long. Contact Van Vetchen at oldrecordguy@gmail.com or 541-582-8980 for more info.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
    Thursday, April 21: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is offering a series of free spring hikes. The first will be to Lower Table Rock. The moderate, 5.4-mile hike will be led by a BLM ecologist and focus on wildflowers, native trees and shrubs, and conservation of the Table Rocks. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Lower Table Rock trailhead, and the outing will last about four hours. Participants should bring water and lunch. Other hikes scheduled for this spring include Thursday, May 19, to Oredson-Todd Woods (10 a.m. to noon) and Sunday, June 12, on the Pacific Crest Trail (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). For more information and to reserve a space, call the conservancy at 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org.
    Spring guided mushroom hikes
    Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, May 29: To learn more about local wild mushrooms, Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring two hikes led by local mushroom expert John Teem. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $20 per person per walk. For more information call 541-482-3241.
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