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Jack-Ash work party
Saturday, April 28: Siskiyou Upland Trails Association will work on a two-mile section of the new Jack-Ash Trail section between the Griffin Gap and Grub Gulch trailheads. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Griffin Gap Trailhead — top of the paved portion of Anderson Butte Road. Work will involve cutting/digging out encroaching vegetation and some tread work. Bring water and whatever special snacks you like. SUTA will provide lunch. If you have them, bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, rake or sturdy shovel. If you plan to come, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Mule Mountain hike in the Applegate
Sunday, April 29: Suzie Savoie and Julie Spelletich, board members of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a moderately difficult round-trip hike through oak woodland, chaparral and grasslands in the upper Applegate Valley, and view spring blooms along the way to Baldy Peak, where hikers will have sweeping views of the Applegate Valley and snow-capped Red Buttes. A carpool will leave from Ray’s parking lot in Talent at 9 a.m. To sign up, email Spelletich at email@example.com.
Table Rocks hikes
For more information and to register for the hikes, see https://TableRockHikes2018.eventbrite.com or call 541-618-2200.
9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, Lower Table Rock: Archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the Indian Wars of the 1850s.
10 a.m. Sunday, April 29, Lower Table Rock: Botanist John Villella will highlight lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae.
10 a.m. Sunday, April 29, Upper Table Rock: Sarah “Bee Girl” Red-Laird and botanist Sasha Joachims will talk about bee pollination and look at pollinator-conservation projects on nearby public lands. Hikers also will net and identify bees.
9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Upper Table Rock: Archaeologists Jennifer Sigler and Lisa Rice will explore the remains of Camp White’s artillery range, which includes pillboxes for infantry drills. Limited to 15 people.
10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Lower Table Rock Loop Trail: The Storytelling Guild will lead a hike for kids and adults focusing on legends and tales about the Takelma Indians who once lived there.
9 a.m. Sunday, May 6, Upper Table Rock: Dave Harvey and members of the Oregon Poetry Association will share poems inspired by nature and the Table Rocks. Hikers are encouraged to bring a favorite or original poem inspired by nature to share.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
To read more about each hike and to register, go to landconserve.org. If a hike is full, you can join a waiting list, as cancellations do happen.
Saturday, April 28: Jacksonville Woodlands history tour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour through the Woodlands in Jacksonville with Larry Smith. The three-hour hike will include the Chinese diggings and Panorama Point.
Sunday, April 29: Birding the Cascade Foothills, 8 a.m. to noon. East of Ashland in the Cascade foothills, the Imperatrice property is a large grassland and an excellent place to see raptors and songbirds such as western bluebird, western meadowlark, and the uncommon grasshopper sparrow. Guide is naturalist Frank Lospalluto.
Sunday, April 29: Herptile Bioblitz at Rogue River Preserve, 2 to 6 p.m. Help document reptiles and amphibians at Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point. Local experts will help with species identification and will model best search practices for the safety of people and animals. The event is part of the greater City Nature Challenge in Southern Oregon, www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-southern-oregon. Children are welcome accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guides are naturalist Eugene Wier and SOU biologist Michael Parker.
Thursday, May 3: Cascade Foothills Wildflowers, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The city of Ashland’s Imperatrice property, east of Ashland in the Cascade foothills, is an 876-acre grassland with flowers, rare plants and views. Join botanist and SOLC staff member Kristi Mergenthaler for a plant walk to learn about grassland ecology.
Saturday, May 5: Fish, Forest and Landforms at the Rogue River Preserve, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fisheries ecologist Randy Frick, forest ecologist Tom Atzet, and soil scientist David Steinfeld will lead an exploration of this riverfront property near Eagle Point.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.