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  • Get Out: May 11, 2012

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  • Table Rocks Hikes
    Free, guided hikes on Upper and Lower Table Rock are organized by the Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy. Reservations are required. Call the BLM Medford District Office at 541-618-2200 to sign up. Bring lunch and water and allow three to five hours.
    Saturday, May 12: 10 a.m. (Upper Table Rock) - Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at SOU, will lead a hike to explore the six and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks. Limited to 20 individuals.
    Sunday, May 13: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - A BLM environmental specialist will lead a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
    Saturday, May 19: 7:30 p.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Tony Kerwin, BLM wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator, will lead a hike focused on regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats facing them. The group will use bat detectors to listen for bats on a short walk around the Lower Table Rock Loop (1/2-mile accessible trail). Bring a flashlight and good hiking shoes. Limited to 20 individuals.
    Sunday, May 20: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Robert Kentta, cultural resources director, member and elected official of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians, will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of Western Oregon to the Siletz Reservations. Weather permitting, a 45-minute presentation of traditional basketry and regalia (in the parking area) will be followed by a stroll to the top.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
    Sunday, May 20: Birding in the Jacksonville Woodlands, Jacksonville. Ornithologist Dennis Vroman will lead a moderate, two-mile birding tour; 8 a.m. to noon; maximum 25 hikers. For information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For more details, see www.landconserve.org.
    Friday, June 13: Pacific Crest Trail at Howard Prairie. Kristi Mergenthaler will guide an easy, two-mile hike along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; maximum 15 hikers. For more information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For details, see www.landconserve.org.
    Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
    Saturday, June 2: Jad D'Allura, professor emeritus of geology at SOU, and Armand Rebischke, BLM botanist, will lead an informational hike to Hobart Bluff in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will focus on geology in the morning and botany in the afternoon, with lunch on the bluff. Hobart Bluff is a place where the geology and mixing of eco-regions that create the CSNM's unique biodiversity is easy to see. Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the day. Space is limited. RSVP to info@friendsofcsnm.org or 541-488-7584 for meeting place.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, May 12: The group will hold a volksmarch in the Cathedral Hills Trails near Grants Pass, featuring 5K, 10K and 15K options. The Cathedral Hills Trails have limited parking, so a shuttle will be offered from Faith Baptist Church, 3405 Williams Highway (Highway 238). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Walks end at 5 p.m. For information, call 541-245-9356 or 541-659-5300.
    Saturday, May 26: 10K Ashland Railroad Walk (with a 5K option) begins at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard at Sherman Street in Ashland. Arrive at 8:45 a.m. for registration. For information call 541-245-9356.
    Native Plant Society hikes
    Saturday, May 12: Sasha Joachims will lead an easy hike on Upper Table Rock through oak woodland, chaparral and mixed woodland to the mounded prairie/vernal pools on the top. Highlights will include the endemic Southern Oregon buttercup, the rare dwarf wooly meadowfoam and many other spring flowers. Contact Joachims at sasharain71@gmail.com or 541-661-3492. The group will meet at the Upper Table Rock trailhead off Modoc Road at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, May 19: Barb Mumblo will lead a hike from the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead up to the Sterling Mine Ditch and back down to the Bear Gulch trailhead. The Sterling Mine Ditch was completed in 1877 to bring water from the Little Applegate River to Sterling Creek for hydraulic mining. The berm along the ditch is a great trail and has recently been improved by Applegate volunteers. Elevations range from 2,400 to 2,800 feet through oak woodlands and meadows with great views of the Little Applegate. The hike is easy and about four miles long, with a shuttle between trailheads. Meet at 9 a.m. in Ruch at the parking lot near Ruch Country Store on Highway 238. For information, call Barb at 541-899-3855 (week days).
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