Old Siskiyou Sheep Trail

Project #: 247643  –   Updated: December 18, 2014

Project Summary

This 160-acre working forest on the Siskiyou Crest is protected from subdivision, development and clear-cutting by a conservation easement held by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Over a 1/2 mile of the Pacific Crest Trail and the view from Mt. Ashland Road is also protected by this project. Besides supporting a sustainably managed montane forest, the land contains extensive headwater wetlands, springs, montane chaparral, and dry meadows full of flowers in the summer. It is adjacent to BLM land that is designated as Critical Habitat for the northern spotted owl. It is also adjacent to ...

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Location (by county):
Jackson County (OR)

Watersheds:
Middle Rogue

Congressional Districts:
OR District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
160.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Old Siskiyou Sheep trail No

Full Project Description

This 160-acre working forest on the Siskiyou Crest is protected from subdivision, development and clear-cutting by a conservation easement held by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Over a 1/2 mile of the Pacific Crest Trail and the view from Mt. Ashland Road is also protected by this project. Besides supporting a sustainably managed montane forest, the land contains extensive headwater wetlands, springs, montane chaparral, and dry meadows full of flowers in the summer. It is adjacent to BLM land that is designated as Critical Habitat for the northern spotted owl. It is also adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This is the first National Monument designated to protect biodiversity. This property is near another working forest protected by SOLC. Many federal species of concern use this land, including goshawk, white-headed woodpecker, band-tailed pigeon and mountain quail. The Siskiyou Crest is an important wildlife corridor; it is identified in the ODFW Conservation Strategy and as an Important Bird Area. The Siskiyou Crest in the late 1800s and early 1900s was heavily grazed by sheep. The historic sheep trail that brought mountain-grazed sheep to Ashland for wool and food ran through this property. The Pacific Crest Trail association was an important partner.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Public Benefit

Consistent with plans:

Nature Conservancy Ecoregional Plan
Soda Mt Portfolio
State Wildlife Action Plan
ODFW Conservation Strategy (Siskiyou Crest/soda Mt)
Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
SOLC (2011)

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
        • Mixed Conifer (Grand Fir/White fir/Douglas Fir/Pine) Forest
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
        • Montane Grassland and Meadow
      • Shrublands and Steppe
        • Chaparral
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
      • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Outcomes

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Organization

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Kristi Mergenthaler
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
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Partners

  • Pacific Crest Trail Association

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