Library image #3802
: Looking into Soda Valley with Irongate Reservoir resting among the foothills of the mountains.
The United States Congress designated the Soda Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 2009 and it now has a total of 24,707 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Oregon
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Soda Mountain Wilderness in southwestern Oregon is an ecological mosaic where the state's eastern desert meets towering fir forests. The biodiversity of the area includes fir forests, sunlit oak groves, meadows filled with wildflowers, and steep canyons. The area is home to a spectacular variety of rare species of plants and animals including Roosevelt elk, cougars, black bears, golden and bald eagles, goshawks and falcons. Prior to designation as wilderness, the Clinton administration designated 53,000 acres of federal land in the area as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in June 2000 to protect this extraordinary biological reserve.
Map: Soda Mountain Wilderness