Coming Full Circle at the Table Rocks

In an emotional ceremony, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September.

The agreement includes the Tribes in future planning and management of the Table Rocks natural area for the first time in more than a century.

It was signed 157 years to the day, after the Native Americans of the Rogue Valley had been rounded up at the Table Rocks to begin their long walk to the Grand Ronde reservation in Yamhill County; it was a forced march they’ve long called “the trail of tears.”

More than 30 years ago, local conservationists ignited efforts to conserve the Table Rocks near Medford. The Nature Conservancy and the BLM have worked together to protect this landmark, but it was only two years ago that the entire Table Rocks was secured for conservation.

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