The Newberry Crater in Central Oregon celebrates 25 years as a national monument Thursday. The 55,000-acre federal monument was designated to protect the area from energy development.
Dr. Stu Garrett chaired a citizen's committee to protect the Newberry volcano three decades ago.
"I love the open space, I love the vistas," said Garrett. "I love the dramatic variety of volcanic occurrences there, the big obsidian flows."
The 1,200-square-mile Newberry volcano is about the size of Rhode Island.