Greensprings Inn

Let Us Now Praise Wolves

Look up at Grizzly Peak.

In June, a wolf killed at least two goats and a sheep just across that ridge. The perpetrator, OR33, a lone male, seems to have headed back to high country.

Of course we regret loss of livestock. At the same time, we should honor the livestock owners who chose to stay anonymous and, significantly, did not demand revenge.

The farmers and ranchers involved in this incident apparently understand something that the rest of us should appreciate: We live in or near a relatively intact ecosystem. Much of Southern Oregon is covered by a biological mosaic that includes a vast array of flora and fauna from subterranean microorganisms and tall trees to top predators…such as wolves.

In a world of burning rainforests and sprawling megacities, of rising oceans and record temperatures, have you considered how lucky we are to have wolves as neighbors?

For this, we can than Governor Tom McCall, who fostered the creation of land use laws that protect much of Oregon from subdivision and development.

We can also thank President Bill Clinton, who signed a proclamation in June, 2000, creating the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and providing a higher level of protection to a big chunk of our precious Noah’s Ark of biological diversity.

It’s a privilege to live in a state that protects wilderness and biodiversity. It’s also smart. Visitors from those megacities come to gaze in wonder at what we have preserved. Some of the very smart ones come to stay, floating our economic ship as they sell their intellectual wares back to the developed world.

  • Recently, our two US Senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell “…to come to Oregon and hold a public meeting and consider expanding the boundaries of the Monument.” ?

The window for expanding our Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is open now but it will close again, perhaps for eight or more years, when Barack Obama leaves office on January 20. If you want see a good thing get better, now is the time to raise your voice.

Write to Barack Obama. Share your thoughts via the establishment media. Or just howl like a wolf.

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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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