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While it's true Oregon contains only one national park (Crater Lake), it contains several national monuments.

These include the occasionally controversial Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which protects the unique ecosystem where the ancient Siskiyou Mountains meet the volcanic Cascades. 

The wonders of the landscape are observed and sung (literally) by scientists and artists alike. 

Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou include those groups and many more. 

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Oregon's legislature may raise the minimum wage, and in pieces... the bigger the city, the bigger the raise.  Is that fair?  Tell us in this week's VENTSday (take an advance poll here). 

Our other topic: wilderness, and whether we've got enough of it. 

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

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Art and environmental activism combine when Ryan Pierce picks up his paintbrushes and sculpture tools. 

Pierce is the co-founder of Signal Fire, a collection of artists dedicated to the natural world who lead other artists into nature. 

The theme for the 2016 activities of Signal Fire is "Unwalking the West," a symbolic undoing of the impacts of westward expansion. 

Mike Doukas/US Geological Survey

There's no place on the planet quite like Crater Lake, and some of the people who love it want to give it more protection. 

So Oregon Wild proposes a large (500,000+ acres) expansion of wilderness areas in federal forest land outside the national park boundary. 

These would be added onto existing wilderness areas, providing some connections between what are now wilderness islands. 

Environmental groups are enthusiastic, and some other entities are NOT. 

An Oregon Wild rep joins us with the case for the wilderness expansion, followed by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams

Wilderness Act Turns 50

Jun 5, 2014
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It's a milestone birthday year for wilderness in America and in Oregon. 

The Wilderness Act went on the books in 1964, the same year the Kalmiopsis Wilderness was created. 

Oregon Wild celebrates with the Oregon Wilderness Conference this weekend. 

Wilderness Now And For The Future

Jun 2, 2014
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Our country has taken steps to protect some of its wild areas, but the picture in the rest of the world can be grim. 

And no matter where the wilderness, climate change presents another set of issues. 

These and more will be discussed at the upcoming Oregon Wilderness Conference in Portland, hosted by the group Oregon Wild.