Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Photo by Todd Kaplan.
At A Glance
- Located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath & Siskiyou mountain ranges
- First monument to be set aside solely for biodiversity
- Thousands of plant and animal species are found only in this area.
“The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of America’s most treasured ecological places, and this land transfer will help conserve this area for future generations,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. “This will help provide protected habitat for many native plants and animals, and also provide new recreation opportunities for Southern Oregon.”
Encompassing a diverse array of habitat types, from the high, dry deserts of the Great Basin to the wet, lower-elevation forests of the Pacific Coast, Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument stretches across more than 54,000 acres in southwest Oregon, just north of the Oregon/California border.
Located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges this is the first national monument created specifically to protect biological diversity—and there’s a lot of it. This rugged region is home to more than 3,500 plant and animal species, many found only here.
Since 2012, we have conserved more than half of the largest remaining privately held property—more than 3,680 acres—within the monument’s boundaries, including a popular stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail at Porcupine Mountain. The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund provided key support, allowing us to purchase this property for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the monument.
This multi-phase conservation effort with the BLM will enhance habitat connectivity for wildlife and expand public recreational access in the monument. Recreation opportunities include hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, fishing, hunting cycling and winter sports. “This collective effort will allow the BLM to eliminate much of the fragmentation within the monument, enabling better stewardship and landscape-level protection of at-risk lands,” said Evan Smith, Vice President Forestland Acquisition and Finance for The Conservation Fund.