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Let’s Pull Together
Saturday, June 9: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Jackson County Weed Management Area and other local organizations are holding a weed-pulling event at Rogue River Preserve and Dodge Bridge County Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will remove Scotch broom, yellow starthistle and other invasive plants. Registration is required at www.landconserve.org/events/.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 9: 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Saturday, June 23: 10K walk in the city of Rogue River on the day of the annual Rogue River Rooster Crow. Meet at 7:45 at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May through September. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 541-488-5340.
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
Sunday, June 17: Ramble along the top of Surveyor Mountain Ridge (elevation 6,500 feet) with National Park Service research ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion in the Monument’s northeast corner. About two cross-country miles with relatively little elevation change. Easy. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Saturday, June 23: National Park Service research botanist Dominic DiPaolo will explore the classic remnant forest of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves (elevation 4,800 feet). Nice view across the upper Bear Creek Valley from the rim above Sampson Creek. Three-plus miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate or easy (route is adjustable). Sign up at email@example.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Thursday, June 28: Botanist Kristi Merganthaler and terrestrial ecologist Evan Frost will lead an early evening hike through beautiful older forests and flower-filled meadows to a viewpoint (elevation 5,850 feet) on Grizzly Peak overlooking the Bear Creek Valley. About three miles round-trip. Easy/moderate. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and learn the 4 p.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Sunday, July 1: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a scramble up Vulture Rock (elevation 6,054 feet) above the Pacific Crest Trail near Griffin Pass for big views of Johnson Prairie, Surveyor Mountain, the upper Jenny Creek watershed, Mount McLoughlin and Mount Shasta. About three miles round-trip with some off-trail hiking, rock/talus hopping, and a few hands-and-feet climbing moves at the top. Easy-to-moderate hiking with a nontechnical climb to a summit that acrophobes may find very difficult. Sign up at email@example.com to get more information and learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
Saturday, June 9: Cathedral Hills hike, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a hike on the trails at Cathedral Hills just outside Grants Pass. To learn more and to register, go to landconserve.org.
Sunday, June 24: Dragonfly Exploration at Rogue River Preserve, noon to 4 p.m. Learn about dragonfly ecology and identification on a gorgeous property on the Rogue. This outing will be led by naturalists Norm Barrett, Gary Shaffer and Jim Livaudais. To learn more and to register, go to landconserve.org.
Star Thistle Pull
Saturday, June 9: The fourth annual Star Thistle Pull at Mariposa Preserve in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The event is organized by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, KS Wild, and monument staff. The goal is to clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green’s Mariposa lily (Calochortus greenei) and observe wildflowers blooming along the way. Volunteers will gather for pizza and drinks at Caldera Brewery following the event. For more information and carpool locations, sign up at www.kswild.org/events.
Deer Creek wildflower hike
Sunday, June 17: This moderately difficult, family-friendly hike will start at 9:30 a.m. on Deer Creek Road at the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The group will hike 3 to 4 miles down to the Illinois River for lunch. Expect to see many flowers in bloom, including pitcher plants, orchids, marsh gentian, saw-toothed angelica, western azalea, blue lupine, Oregon stone crop and buttercup, plus many more not in bloom, but identifiable. Hike leader Gary Powell will bring a wildflower identification book. Most of the hike is pretty flat, except for a hill at the beginning and end. For more information and carpool locations, sign up at www.kswild.org/events
Wednesday, July 4: The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show features more than 300 species of native flowers from the Cascades, Siskiyous and the valleys between. The free show is held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. For information, email Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-890-2091.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, July 4: RVAS holds first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/
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 email@example.com.
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.