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Kalmiopsis Wilderness: Trailblazers

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The Trans-Kalmiopsis Route, a 26-mile hiking trail through the wilderness, leads to stunning mountaintop views.

In 2002, the half-million acre Biscuit Fire — the second-largest wildfire in Oregon history — scorched most of the 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness, east of Brookings. It left the area’s trail network covered in tangled bird’s nests of fallen burnt trees with hundreds of dead snags dominating the horizons.

By the time Ashland residents Gabe Howe and his wife Jillian Stokes started visiting the area in 2006, the damage had only accelerated, with dozens of snags falling onto trails with each windy storm.

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City seeks answers to annexation questions

The Brookings City Council will discuss a possible study to evaluate the financial pros and cons of annexing some or all of the land in the Urban Growth Area at its workshop at 4 p.m. Monday.

The study, which is listed in the city’s 2014 Strategic Plan, would entail evaluating service district mergers, property tax realignment, infrastructure needs and cost estimates to provide services to newly annexed areas.

An urban growth area (UGA) is a local government regulatory measure for delineating limits for urban growth over a period of time. Land within the UGA is made available for urban development while land outside the UGA remains primarily rural for farming, forestry, or low-density residential development.

Brookings’ UGA includes all of the land inside the city limits, and extends east along the Chetco River corridor, north to the Carpenterville Road area, and south to include most of Harbor and Harbor Hills.

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