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Wyden-Merkley Oregon Wildlands Act

July 19, 2017

 

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Oregon Wildlands and Scenic Rivers, Supporting Rural Economies and Local Recreation Jobs

via Senator Ron Wyden

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced their bill to protect some of the state’s most pristine and environmentally significant areas, which are essential for recreation jobs and the economies of rural areas across Oregon.

The Wyden-Merkley Oregon Wildlands Act would designate more than 200,000 acres of land as wilderness or national recreation areas and add more than 250 miles to the Wild and Scenic River System.

Oregon “When it comes to recreation opportunities in some of the world’s most uniquely beautiful places, Oregon has it all,” Wyden said. “It’s time for Congress to listen to the voices of Oregonians from every part of our state who have spoken in favor of protecting these unmatched natural treasures for years to come.”

“These Oregon jewels deserve to be protected for future generations of Oregonians and Americans,” Merkley said. “With this bill, we will not only preserve some of Oregon’s unique and most special places, we will also boost local economies and help cement Oregon’s well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s greatest recreation destinations.”

The Oregon Wildlands Act would:

Create the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness by designating 30,500 acres of remote lands in the Oregon Coast Range and also designate 14.6 miles of Franklin Creek and Wasson Creek as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Expand the Wild Rogue Wilderness by more than 56,000 acres and add about 125 miles to the incomparable Rogue Wild and Scenic River.
Protect almost 95,000 acres to create the Rogue Canyon National Recreation Area and another 24,000 acres to create the Molalla National Recreation Area to protect and enhance the unique fish and wildlife and recreational values of both areas.
Wyden and Merkley introduced the Oregon Wildlands Act in June 2015. The Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Mining received letters of support for the bill from stakeholders across Oregon last year, including the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, KS Wild, Oregon Wild, and the Wild Rogue Outfitters Association.

The senators also introduced similar versions of the bill in the Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2015 and in the previous Congress.

 

  
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tim smith July 19, 2017

This is typical of those two lefty whacko Senators. Wyden doesn’t even live in Oregon and hasn’t for some years now. Why use our natural resources to create hundreds or thousands of jobs when you can cuddle up to the enviros for money and boisterous support while sustaining a handful of low level service related jobs. Their twisted urbanite thinking is nothing new for this State.

Ron Glynn July 19, 2017

Oregon has enough Public Land locked up in 47 Wilderness Area across Oregon which 98% of Oregonians will never set foot into. What we have is shortage of employment and economic activity for Rural Oregonians. On the other hand, we have very good supply of Liberals in Multnomah County who think the rest of Oregon exists for their benefit. After over 30 years of failed Democrat Leadership, we need Republican Governor elected in 2018.

Tim Yates July 21, 2017

Nice. The wild rogue river and its associated protection brought in Appx. 30 million dollars of economic activity to SW Oregon in 2007. Not all land should be dedicated to commodity producing resource extraction, and conservation land is one of the multiple uses under the federal land management laws. The wild rogue country is so steep and inaccessible and not really very well suited for commodity production anyhow. Recreation and tourism is a huge economic contributor to to Jo and Ja counties. The river is a world class recreation, wildlife and fishery area. Thanks to our delegation for recognizing these facts and for their work in managing these areas for other values beside traditional commodity production.

Don R July 22, 2017

The govt has been a much better steward of our land than the private timber industry. You can see evidence of this by looking at the Coastal Range, once the most productive forest in the world, which has been decimated except for the most remote pockets.

The difference between the liberal plan and the conservative plan is that the liberal plan of selective harvesting provides SMALL timber revenue forever.

The conservative plan of clear cutting and short-term profits leaves rural communities with nothing, and workers scratching their heads wondering where all the jobs went, blaming liberals for no good reason.

Ron Glynn July 23, 2017

You always know neo-environmentalists are talking when they use buzz words like World Class, Crown Jewel, And Iconic in their quest to lock more Public Land into non-use. We already have 2.5 million acres in 47 Wilderness Areas. Oregon Wild, a radical preservation group, headquartered in North Portland wants another 5 million acres put into Wilderness designation. That is just nuts! I got news for them. Rural Oregon is not some big park for them to play around once in awhile.

Ron Glynn July 23, 2017

You always know neo-environmentalists are talking when they use buzz words like World Class, Crown Jewel, And Iconic in their quest to lock more Public Land into non-use. We already have 2.5 million acres in 47 Wilderness Areas. Oregon Wild, a radical preservation group, headquartered in North Portland wants another 5 million acres put into Wilderness designation. That is just nuts! I got news for them. Rural Oregon is not some big park for them to play around once in awhile.

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