Research symposium shares Cascade-Siskiyou ecology

Ashland, Ore. — Outdoor enthusiasts were invited to hear what exactly is happening in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, scientifically speaking.

The 5th Annual Monument Research Symposium featured graduate students from SOU and U of O as well as a BLM biologist presenting research they’ve done in the monument — which is the meeting point of several different ecosystems.

They say knowing what is happening scientifically in the monument is important, regardless of what is happening politically.

“This isn’t pro or con for the expansion of the monument, it’s trying to understand basically what is there in order to make some informed decisions,” said SOU Emeritus Professor Jad D’Allura

The research was funded by a grant from Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

The monument has been in place since president Clinton signed a proclamation in June of 2000.

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