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  • Monument inclusion areas to be explored

  • The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is sponsoring a series of free weekend hikes in June to explore areas near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that have been proposed for inclusion in monument east of Ashland.
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  • The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is sponsoring a series of free weekend hikes in June to explore areas near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that have been proposed for inclusion in monument east of Ashland.
    The hikes will look at the flora and fauna of the area and what Soda Mountain members believe to be ecological threats to them.
    Participants should contact the hike leader in advance to get more details of each hike and reserve space. Numbers of hikers differ among the hikes.
    Participants are asked to bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, sturdy boots and sunscreen.
    Participants in each hike will meet at the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart at the intersection of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road in Ashland.
    • Sunday, June 1: Join Southern Oregon University aquatic biologist Michael Parker (parker@sou.edu; 541-552-6749) on a short but very challenging round-trip hike along the flat Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a non-technical mountain climb-scramble than a hike. Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 7: Join Siskiyou botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (siskiyoulori@gmail.com; 541-899-1117) to explore meadows and forests from Round Mountain via the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves to Green Springs Mountain in the Green Springs Mountain Wild Area north of the Green Springs Summit. Views from Sampson Rim down to Emigrant Lake and Ashland. Off-trail hiking and Pacific Crest Trail; about six miles. Moderate/difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, June 15: Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic ornithologist and Rogue Valley Audubon Society Conservation Committee Co-chair Pepper Trail (ptrail@ashlandnet.net) and SMWC board member Carol Wright on a mellow walk into the Scotch Creek oak/savannah parkland of California's Horseshoe Wildlife Area, long proposed for addition to both the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. Be prepared for very shallow creek crossings. Bring your binoculars for birding. Easy/moderate. Meet at 8 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 21: Join Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity (jlininger@biologicaldiversity.org; 928-853-9929), on a summer solstice exploration of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves and Sampson Rim with a look at BLM's attempts to road and commercially log these potential Monument expansion-area forests. About three miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate-plus difficulty. Meet at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 28: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist Dennis Odion and consulting ecologist Evan Frost (efrost2@gmail.com), both SMWC board members, for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly five-mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Wild springers can be kept below Fishers Ferry
    Rogue River spring chinook salmon anglers who like keeping wild chinook now have more river to fish.
    Waters downstream of the Fishers Ferry boat ramp on Sunday will open to the retention of wild spring chinook.
    Before Sunday, only adipose fin-clipped spring chinook bound for Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery could be kept as part of an anglers' two-chinook daily limit on the Rogue. Typically, only about one-third of the springers caught fit that category.
    Now the upper Rogue River — that stretch of the mainstem Rogue where all wild spring chinook spawn — is the only catch-and-release stretch for wild spring chinook.
    The old deadline had been Gold Ray Dam. After the dam's removal in 2010, the deadline was moved down to the Fishers Ferry ramp, a crude concrete ramp less than a mile downstream from the old dam site.
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