Thirty Volunteers Volunteering
Twenty Nine Clark's Nutcrackers Cracking
Twenty Eight Obsidian Flakes Glistening
Twenty Seven Bats-A-Flyin'
Twenty Six Chipmunks Chirping
NNVM 30th Anniversary
We were able to sit down with the Monument Manager and Developed Recreation Team Leader for the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest, Scott McBride, for a conversation about the Monument from a management perspective.
The volcanic activity that formed the unique landscape of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument also created deposits of obsidian; a resource highly valued during the prehistoric period for making stone tools. Obsidian deposits have distinct geochemical properties that can be identified using a technique called xray fluorescence spectrometry.
For years, Newberry National Volcanic Monument has been a hub of Central Oregon treasures and an introduction to the volcanic landscape found within. The Monument is visited by thousands of people from all over the world and our welcoming Volunteer Rangers are there to spark the flame of excitement and wonder!
Lava Butte, the cinder cone at Lava Lands on the northwest flank of Newberry Volcano, has a fascinating history beyond just its geology. The butte became a fire lookout site all the way back in 1913, and is still staffed as a lookout today. It remains an important facet of wildland fire safety in Central Oregon.
Archaeological evidence shows the area we know today as the Newberry National Volcanic Monument has been a focal point of human activity in Central Oregon for at least 11,000 years. People were drawn to this area due to the availability of essential resources like water, game animals, and the high-quality obsidian created by the Newberry Volcano.
Beginning with the initial designation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, interpretation and education within the Monument have been two of the stated goals. Because this was included in the protection legislation, over the last 30 years, the Forest Service has developed partnerships with individuals and organizations to help further this effort.
Newberry volcano has shaped the landscape of Central Oregon for hundreds of
thousands of years. The formation of Newberry volcano started around 400,000
years ago; likely 100,000 years prior to the existence of modern humans (Stringer,
When you visit Newberry National Volcanic Monument, you may be surprised at the abundance of flora that is in the landscape. After all, so much of the land in the monument is volcanic soil produced from Newberry Volcano as well as Mt Mazama (Crater lake).
"There is hereby established the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the State of Oregon as a component of the National Forest system in order to preserve and protect for present and future generations Newberry’s remarkable geologic landforms - and to provide for the conservation, protection, interpretation, and enhancement of its ecological, botanical, scenic, recreational, cultural and fish and wildlife resources." (Public Law 101-522).