Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon
Nestled at the crossroads of three biologically important ecoregions – the Cascades, Klamath-Siskiyou and Great Basin – the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is home to a plethora of diverse and unique mix of species and natural communities, many of which occur nowhere else on the planet. For example, high desert plants grow alongside meadow flowers and wetland species, and desert snakes known for making their home on the “eastside” of the state, slither near Pacific giant salamanders who more commonly are found in the old growth forests of western Oregon. It is home to more than 3,500 plant and animal species. The area has been identified as one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States, and has been described as an “ecological wonder.”
The monument is also ripe with recreational opportunities. Segments of the Pacific Crest Trail pass through the area, making it a mecca for hikers and campers. And, the area is well-known to backcountry skiers, horsemen, and hikers. The clear, cold waters that transverse the landscape also make it a special spot for fishermen from all over the country.