Klamath Siskiyou eNews #202 Oct. 4, 2011
Botanical Areas need Your Help
If you could help stop vandals from destroying some of the earth's greatest landscapes, would you do it?
Take Action: Help Defend Hinkle Lake from Illegal ORV Use
Hinkle Lake Botanical Area, west of Applegate Lake in Josephine County, consists of extensive wet meadows containing numerous high elevation serpentine species, including endemic species such as the Trifolium howellii (Canyon Clover).
While it is an easy and enjoyable walk into the botanical area, some people only value this special place as a spot to trash with their off-road vehicles. Hinkle Lake road has been formally closed to off-road vehicle use since 1980, but continuing illegal ORV use is tearing up the wetlands, and putting extremely rare plants at further risk. Unfortunately the closure has been unenforced and the damage intensifies with each passing year. A gate was installed a few years ago in an effort to limit ORVs, but it has not acted successfully to restrict access off-road vehicles for more than a month or two at a time, due to continued vandalism.
The Hinkle Lake area deserves to be protected, not only from illegal ORVs, but also from other threats, including grazing. Let the forest service know that you value this special area and ask them to enforce the law by adequately blocking off-road vehicles and officially designating the old road as a hiking trail for the enjoyment of all forest users. Take action for Hinkle Lake today.
Volunteer: Adopt a Botanical Area
Our new “Adopt a Botanical Area” program is a community watchdog program designed to mobilize volunteers to be KS Wild’s eyes an ears on the ground in designated Botanical Areas throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou region.
To participate, simply pick a Botanical Area you’d like to visit at least once a season, document what you see, and share the info with us. If you don’t know of a Botanical Area you’d like to adopt, we’d be happy to work with you to find an appropriate match.
KS Wild will provide you with a map and description of your chosen Botanical Area, as well as a plant list for the area, if available. We'll also provide observation forms and technical assistance - from filling out forms to help in identifying plants.
This is a great opportunity to get more familiar with some of our region’s spectacular botanical diversity – and help KS Wild with ongoing work to monitor, and protect Botanical Areas.
Click here to become a member of KS Wild today! By sending a minimum annual membership of $35 to KS Wild you receive our quarterly print newsletter and protection for the outstanding Klamath-Siskiyou wildlands.