- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Newberry Volcano is celebrating its 25th anniversary of becoming a national volcanic monument.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1Awdbhn ) the creation of the 55,000-acre monument began after a group of Central Oregonians came together to protect the volcano in the late 1980s.

The group wanted to see more protections for the volcano because of increasing geothermal interest. At the time, more than 40 geothermal exploratory wells had been drilled into the volcano.

Deschutes National Forest plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary with a series of events, which include interpretative programs, presentations and dance performances. The kickoff celebration starts June 19.

The Newberry Volcano, which the U.S. Geological Survey calls, “Central Oregon’s Sleeping Giant,” is a shield volcano and last erupted about 1, 300 years ago. .

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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