For one man, stakes in fight over Cascade–Siskiyou NMon include over 30 years of environmental activism

National monuments aren’t created overnight. Just ask Dave Willis, a 65-year-old outdoorsman in Southern Oregon who started advocating for protection of the area now known as Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument when he was 30 years old. By the time President Bill Clinton finally designated 52,947-acre Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, in 2000, Willis had already been fighting for its creation for 17 years.

“Dave, my God, that guy has devoted his life to this,” says Michael Parker, a biologist at Southern Oregon University, who joined Willis in advocating for the monument in 1994.

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