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Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by the state line could expand. 

The monument, created by presidential order in 2000, protects public lands in a zone where the ecosystems of the Cascade, Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains meet.  A proposal to expand the monument by thousands of acres is under consideration in Washington. 

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and a top official in the Interior Department will take testimony Friday afternoon in Ashland (October 14th). 

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For a guy who is around water a lot, Tim Palmer seems like he's thirsty.  But thirsty for more experiences with the beautiful and wild places of the west. 

Tim is the author of Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, Field Guide to California Rivers, and many other books. 

He recently weighed in on the Malheur wildlife refuge trial with a column in the Oregonian spelling out his view of the value of public lands (hint: it stays public). 

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Teenagers are famous for being interested in many things--generally not the things their parents are doing. 

So James Campbell had some misgivings about inviting his teenaged daughter Aidan to join him on a trip into Alaska's wild interior.  She said yes, twice. 

The third trip amounted to a coming-of-age journey for Aidan in some of the most remote places in the country.  It is the story told in Jim's book Braving It.

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Girl Scouts of several generations formed fond memories of summer days and nights spent at Camp Low Echo at Lake of the Woods in Klamath County.

But the scout days are part of history now; Camp Low Echo closed a few years ago, prior to a renovation and re-use. 

Karen and Sid DeBoer bought it through their charitable foundation and plan to donate it to the Ashland Family YMCA

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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.