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  • NATURAL PROTECTION

    A monumental goal

    Designation would protect land along Siskiyou Crest
  • One day, the wild land between Ashland and Cave Junction — extending north to Applegate and south to Happy Camp — could be preserved as the Siskiyou Crest National Monument.
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  • One day, the wild land between Ashland and Cave Junction — extending north to Applegate and south to Happy Camp, Calif. — could be preserved as the Siskiyou Crest National Monument.
    That's the goal of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, which is launching its monument campaign this month.
    "The Siskiyou Crest is an incredibly unique natural feature that we have right here in our own backyard," said Laurel Sutherlin, KS Wild's outreach director.
    The region's biodiversity, unusual geology, habitat connectivity and importance in the light of climate change make it valuable to conserve, he said.
    The recently passed federal wilderness bill — which protects more than 2 million acres in nine states, including the Soda Mountain Wilderness southeast of Ashland — shows the new administration's willingness to protect land, Sutherlin said. But Oregon still lags behind other states, he said, with just 4 percent of its land designated as wilderness, the highest level of land preservation.
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