Group wants Douglas Fir NMon declared in Cascade Mountains of Oregon
A few years ago, Stephen Sharnoff, a botanical photographer and forest advocate from Berkeley, California, visited Redwood National Park in the northwest corner of the state. Marveling at the towering trees, he began thinking about other protected places where people can experience iconic trees within their naturally functioning ecosystems, like Sequoia and Joshua Tree national parks. Why shouldn’t another great tree of the West—the Douglas fir— also have a place of its own, he wondered.
Sharnoff began giving presentations on the idea of a protected area for Douglas firs to conservation groups. David Stone, a Eugene, Oregon conservation photographer and key figure in establishing the 37,000-acre Waldo Lake Wilderness Area in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, was at one of them. He was looking for a new project when he heard Sharnoff’s idea. “After that,” says Stone, “I ended up being president of the Friends of Douglas Fir National Monument.” Sharnoff signed on as Vice-President. The Friends’ goal is to have 750 square miles of Oregon Cascade Mountains federally designated as the Douglas Fir National Monument, which would, over time, be restored to a healthy, functioning, protected Douglas fir forest that delivers a host of benefits, from outdoor recreation to clean water.