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It’s Personal

For me, this is personal. I hope you feel the same way.

By “this,” I mean the struggle to protect our public lands and restore our damaged environment — starting with our Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

My family and I have operated a business and, for many years, lived within the boundaries of this Monument for almost a quarter century. Over that time, we have come to understand that we are surrounded by fragile ecosystems of heartbreaking beauty and profound scientific significance. To defend these treasures, we found ourselves marching in an army that came to include Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, two presidents, both of Oregon’s U.S. Senators and thousands of others.

Now, however, thousands of supporters are not enough. Our Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has been put on a hit list for reduction or elimination by the current administration. More fundamentally, it has been neglected. For now, monument status will protect approximately 112,000 acres from further exploitation, but a rare opportunity to advance scientific knowledge and increase environmental awareness is still mostly unrealized.

Our adversaries have taught us that our Monument will not survive unless it gathers support and moves forward to fulfill its mission. What is that mission? It’s simple: first, protect, then study and communicate. In other words, ensure that human activity does not further compromise the diverse species and ecosystems enclosed by the Monument boundary. Then find ways to deepen and share our understanding of biological wisdom.

With this mission in mind, a group of Monument supporters — including scientists, public officials, the Friends group, environmentalists, land preservationists, BLM staff, Green Springs neighbors and active citizens — joined together recently to formulate a vision and an action plan. The working title for their concept is Cascade Siskiyou Monument Station.

The first step is to support science. Researchers are already on the ground in the Monument, studying rare and endangered species, reforestation and rewilding strategies, the effects of climate change and much else. A field station will enable more of them to focus their work here.

Next we will establish an environmental education program, with a curriculum based on knowledge that emerges from field studies. Finally we will launch an interpretive program aimed at sharing the scientific, historic and cultural significance of this region with visitors from near and far.

Our Cascade Siskiyou Monument Station project is an opportunity to help shape a future that, at this moment, seems to be wildly out of control. Our children will live in this future. That’s why it’s personal, for all of us.

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Diarmuid McGuire

Less than an 30 minute drive from Ashland, the Green Springs is a world apart from the hustle, bustle and endless asphalt of modern life. Here, near the crest of the Southern Cascades, Green Springs Inn is creating a sustainable getaway opportunity by protecting and nurturing a long-abused forest, using dead and dying trees to build cabins, harvesting solar energy and more. The lodge at Green Springs Inn offers comfortable high country accommodations at affordable prices. Six of our eight rooms include Jacuzzi tubs and two have private decks. The Inn also offers nine deluxe vacation cabins on an adjoining 150 acre parcel. Each cabin offers privacy, a unique view, a single bedroom with a king size bed, a loft and a sofa bed for additional guests, a deep jetted tub, a wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with tiled shower. Dogs are welcome at Green Springs Inn. We use organic, fragrance-free cleaning products and restrict pets from designated accommodations for visitors who are highly sensitive to allergens. Our Forest Room group facility provides a perfect setting for a retreat, a meeting, a family gathering or a small event.

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