The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is seven years old.




Its birthday party is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Social hour begins at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 and a special program at 6.




The keynote speaker is Kathleen Dean Moore, distinguished professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, whose talk is "This Must Remain: The Necessity of Wild Mountain Storms."




She is the author of several books exploring the cultural and spiritual connections to wet, wild places. She won the Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction for "The Pine Island Paradox," and was recently named University Writer Laureate.




Soda Mountain Wilderness Council Chairman Dave Willis will report on current conservation efforts. Laurie Wayburn, director of Pacific Forest Trust will present "Campaign to Complete the Vision."




The event will take place at Buckhorn Springs Resort, 2200 Buckhorn Springs Rd., 12 miles southeast of Ashland. The resort is offering 50 percent off regular overnight rates for Cascade-Siskiyou celebrants. Dinner: $15 per person, $20 without your own picnic ware. Dinner includes grilled chicken, grilled tofu, potato salad, green salad, watermelon, punch, wine and beer. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Susan Menanno, 951-77467, spiritwhym@aol.com. For resort reservations, 488-2200.




SMWC is also conducting several hikes through the region. All hikes are free, but require a reservation with the leader.




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162; Saturday, June 2: Choose between Keene Creek (Parsnip Lake), Jenny Creek or Rogue-Klamath Divide (Porcupine Mountain). Easy hikes. Meet at — p.m. at Songer Wayside east of Ashland. Contact Susan Menanno, 951-77467 or smwc_ reg@hotmail.com.




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162; Sunday, June 3: "Box O" area of Jenny Creek Canyon with fisheries biologist Jeannine Rossa and SMWC board member Lori Cooper. Learn riparian ecologym and watershed recovery. Easy hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at Songer Wayside. Contact Susan Menanno.




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162; Saturday, June 9: "Hutton bowl" area in Hutton Creek watershed south of Pilot Rock. Features views of Pilot Rock's south face rarely seen. Moderate hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at Shop 'N Kart parking lot. Contact: Susan Menanno.




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162; Saturday, June 16: Oregon Gulch Research Natural Area with ornithologist Pepper Trail. Wander cross country from Randcore Pass, ford Jenny Creek, end at Rattlesnake Spring. Moderate hike. Meet 9 a.m. at Songer Wayside.Leader: Pepper Trail, 482-79594 or ptrail@ashlandnet.net.




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162; Sunday, June 24: Hike off Boccard Point down Dutch Oven Creek Canyon, the heart and lungs of the Soda Mountain proposal, and back up east fork of Camp Creek. Very difficult hike. Meet 8 a.m. at Songer Wayside. Leaders: Chapparal ecologist Dennis Odion and SMWC board member Chris Fowler, 890-3951 or fowler@mind.net.




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162; Sunday, July 1: Easy stroll to Boccard Point with botanist Steve Jessup. Stop or continue on moderately difficult hike past Soda Mountain meadows through north slope forest to Little Pilot Rock. Meet 8 a.m. at Songer Wayside. Contact: 552-76804 or jessup@sou.edu.