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The Applegate Valley OHV Project will document the impacts of unauthorized and unmanaged OHV use in the Siskiyou Mountains.
The Applegate Valley OHV Project will document the impacts of unauthorized and unmanaged OHV use in the Siskiyou Mountains.
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The goal of the Applegate Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Monitoring Project is to document the environmental and social impacts of unauthorized and unmanaged OHV use in the Applegate Valley. The proliferation of OHV use in the Applegate Valley has created significant impacts to watershed values, native vegetation, wildlife habitat and other non-motorized forest users such as hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, botanists, and many others. The project will focus on three key areas: 1) The Dakubetede Roadless Area and Anderson Butte area, in the Little Applegate Valley 2) The Wellington Butte Roadless Area, west of Ruch, Oregon 3) The proposed John's Peak OHV area, west of Jacksonville, Oregon.

The project will be run by myself, Luke Ruediger, through the Siskiyou Crest Blog. I will document the impacts of unmanaged OHV use. I will explore the areas in an exhaustive search for OHV routes; I will map the routes; I will create blog posts about the project, and I will write an official report to be submitted to the BLM explaining my findings and recommendations for more appropriate and effective OHV management in the region.

I intend to engage and educate the public, publicize my findings on the Siskiyou Crest Blog, publish a detailed OHV monitoring report, distribute the report to local environmental organizations, and document the impacts of OHV use for public comments on the BLM's newly released Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon.

For more information: www.thesiskiyoucrest.blogspot.com

Risks and challenges

The main challenge of OHV monitoring in the area is convincing the BLM to take the steps necessary to limit or eliminate significant OHV impacts. I will address this problem by creating solid, substantive and unquestionable documentation of current OHV impacts. I will also publicize the report's findings and engage the public to facilitate public support for the project and its recommendations.

Other potential challenges include the difficulty of accessing some areas currently impacted by OHV use. The areas are generally steep, rugged, difficult to hike, off the road, and are unofficial trails not found on any map. My love of bushwhacking and off-trail hiking should help me get this difficult job done.

Being a life-long resident, environmental activist and author of the hiking and natural history guide, The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, I have extensive background and experience in the area; this knowledge will help me find and document inappropriate OHV routes. My experience with environmental activism and organizing will be utilized to generate public interest and agency action that will reduce, eliminate, or mitigate OHV damage in sensitive areas.

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    You will receive:
    -A $10 pledge will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve, providing you with updates, action alerts, new blog posts, and other information about the the SIskiyou Crest region and its many threats.
    -You will also be sent an electronic version of the final OHV report.

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    You will receive:
    -A $25 pledge will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve, providing you with updates, action alerts, new blog posts and other information about the Siskiyou Crest region and its many threats.
    -You will be sent an electronic version of the OHV report.
    -I will thank you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog.

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    -A $50 pledge will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve.
    -You will be sent an electronic version of the final OHV report.
    -I will thank you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog.
    -You will be sent an 8"x10" full color, photographic print of either the Dakubetede Roadless Area in the Little Applegate Valley, or the Wellington Butte Roadless Area in the Middle Applegate Valley.

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    You will receive:
    -A $100 pledge will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve.
    -You will be sent an electronic version of the final OHV report.
    -I will thank you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog and send you an electronic version of the final OHV report.
    -You will receive a packet of Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seed's "pollinator mix," a mixture of wildcrafted native seeds selected to help native pollinator recovery in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
    -You will also be rewarded with a signed copy of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, by Luke Ruediger. The book is a hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Crest region.

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    You will receive:
    -A $250 pledge will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve.
    -You will be sent an electronic version of the final OHV report.
    -I will thank you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog.
    - You will receive a packet of Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seed's "pollinator mix," a mixture of wildcrafted native seeds selected to help native pollinator recovery in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
    -You will be sent an 8"x10" full color, photographic print of either the Dakubetede Roadless Area in the Little Applegate Valley, or the Wellington Butte Roadless Area in the Middle Applegate Valley.
    -You will also be rewarded with a signed copy of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, by Luke Ruediger. The book is a hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Crest region.

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    You will receive:
    -A pledge of $500 will place you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog listserve.
    -You will be sent an electronic version of the final OHV report.
    - I will thank you on the Siskiyou Crest Blog.
    - You will receive a packet of Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seed's "pollinator mix," a mixture of wildcrafted native seeds selected to help native pollinator recovery in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
    -You will also be sent an 8"x10" full color, photographic print of either the Dakubetede Roadless Area in the Little Applegate Valley, or the Wellington Butte Roadless Area in the Middle Applegate Valley.
    -You will receive a signed copy of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, by Luke Ruediger.
    -You will also be rewarded with the opportunity to attend an exclusive day hike that I will lead into the roadless areas of the Applegate Valley in the fall of 2015.

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