On November 19, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill (292-133) to protect 21 miles of the Molalla River in northern Oregon’s Cascade foothills as Wild and Scenic. The bill now heads to the Senate for action, likely early next year.
Home to threatened steelhead and chinook salmon, miles of non-motorized trails, and rapids popular with kayakers and rafters the Molalla River is a largely undiscovered jewel just an hour southeast of Portland.
The passage of the bill through the House was spearheaded by Congressman Kurt Schrader, who recognized the dual positive economic and environmental values for rural Clackamas County in protecting such a prime recreational river. The designation of the Molalla as Wild and Scenic is supported by diverse constituencies ranging from the City of Molalla and Clackamas County, to local, state and national environmental groups.
Please take a moment to thank Congressman Schrader for his hard work in passing this bill through the House and listening to the people of Oregon to move this bill forward!