(Aug 13 update) Aug 12: Latest from Siskiyou Crest Transect


Day 7 video added below

Day 6 video: the livestock issue, beauty and injuries

Further videos will be posted here, assuming there are any. As he states above, the video guy is nearly out of commission with a bum ankle.

Several of the “through-hikers” have had ankle problems, and there have been logistical troubles as well, as noted in the latest press release from the field:

The team of conservationists, videographers, naturalists, outdoors enthusiasts and photographers backpacking across the proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument have entered the third and final leg of their journey. Videos from days 4 and 5 are now posted at siskiyoucrest.org.

A public reception gathering/potluck bbq/campout on August 12th will start with a press conference at 4pm at the Grouse Gap Shelter along Forest Road 20 on the Siskiyou Crest behind Mt. Ashland, about a half an hour drive from the town of Ashland. This campout is timed to occur at the height of the Perseid meteor shower.

The second leg of the journey followed the Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail from Cook and Green Pass below the Red Buttes Wilderness to Alex Hole at the edge of the Condrey Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area.

“The Condrey Mountain Roadless Area is an undeclared wilderness filled with juicy primeval forest, huge old trees, lush wildflower meadows and epic wildlife habitat. It is an amazing and important wild area and it deserves the strongest kind of protection,” said Stephanie Tidwell, Executive Director of KS Wild, after witnessing the views across the glacial cirque of Alex Hole to the Upper Applegate and beyond.

The group is on track after numerous unexpected setbacks associated with backcountry travel, including multiple flat tires delaying resupply vehicles and injured ankles sending members of the team home early. From waking in a wildflower filled meadow to the sight of the sun rising over the glaciers of Mt. Shasta, to watching a herd of wild elk cross through roadless forest thousands of feet below, the crew of hikers are exhilarated and inspired by what they have seen.

“Sun burnt and sore, there is a unanimous feeling of conviction in our group that the Siskiyou Crest is an exceptional landscape of primary importance for permanent protection,” said Laurel Sutherlin, Grassroots Organizer for KS Wild.

The public is invited to join the trek on the final night, Wednesday, August 12th at the Grouse Gap Shelter along Forest Road 20 on the Siskiyou Crest behind Mt. Ashland. A potluck will begin at 5pm to celebrate the trek and the proposed National Monument. The public is encouraged to spend the night camping on the Crest to view the Perseid meteor shower.

Stephanie Tidwell, Executive Director
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
P.O. Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520
541-488 5789

Such is life. Barring a broken ankle or a series of flat tires here, I will be with them in spirit tonight. A five mile drive over the top of the Horse Heaven hills will put us in a pretty dark place for viewing the shower, assuming that this isn’t our one cloudy night of the summer – sadly, a real possibility.

Day 7 – a crucial biological corridor in a warming world, the need for restoration

Save the best. Restore the rest


2 Responses to “(Aug 13 update) Aug 12: Latest from Siskiyou Crest Transect”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    KS Wild’s Laurel Sutherlin lays out the case in the Sentient Times: The Siskiyou Crest National Monument – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    The establishment of a Siskiyou Crest National Monument would also be a boon to the regional economies of southwest Oregon and northwest California. This region, like much of the West, is moving away from the boom and bust economic cycles of resource extractive industries like logging and mining, and towards more stable, diversified and sustainable economies. In Jackson County the percentage of people’s income based on extractive industries fell from 19.1% in 1969 to just 8.2% in 1997. In Josephine County during the same time period it fell from 17.5% to 4.8%.

    Meanwhile, the percentage of income generated by economic activity associated with natural amenities—things related to activities like tourism, recreation, retirees, and quality of life services—has steadily increased. Again, in Jackson County from 1969 to 1997 the percentage of incomes based on natural amenities increased from 23.7% to 33.5%, and in Josephine County it grew from 28.1% to 39.9%.

    Stephanie Tidwell takes to the tv machine to battle the predictable lies and bullshit out of Siskiyou County. (The Siskiyou Crest NM will kill your grandmother.)

  2. artemis54 Says:

    Let the battle begin.

    Siskiyou County CA Board of Supervisors rises in opposition, on a 4-1 vote:

    Now therefore, be it further resolved that the proposal for a National Monument north of the Klamath River in Siskiyou County, known as the Siskiyou Crest National Monument, is opposed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

    Note the wingnut comments about the hippy, Oregon, Ashland crowd, although the one about socialism may be tongue in cheek.

    The hikers are home now. So far can’t find any reports from the concluding press conference.

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