Help Our Senators Designate More Oregon Wilderness!

Waldo Lake

Early morning on Waldo Lake in central Oregon.

In February of this year Senators Wyden and Merkley introduced a serious of wilderness and land protection bills targeting the Oregon Caves Nationa Monument, Devil’s Staircase, Cathredral Rock and Horse Heaven in the John Day Basin, and lands along the Chetco, Molalla, and Rogue rivers.

Senator Wyden recently brought forth and marked up the first of these bills targeting the Rogue River area through a subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee that he chairs. The bill would add 60,000 new acres of wilderness to the existing Rogue Wilderness and protect 143 milesof tributaries, one of the most productive salmon watersheds on the west coast.

Now is a good time to thank Senator Wyden for introducing and advocating for these areas as it will be no small task to get wilderness legislation through Congress. The previous Congress was the first since the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964 that failed to add any new wilderness to the system. Senator Wyden is in a position to be a strong advocate but he needs to hear that Oregonians not only support these initial efforts but that we also need him to become a more vocal leader to initiate efforts to protect large areas such as the Owyhee Canyonlands and the area around Waldo Lake, both current campaigns of the Sierra Club.

Owyhee Canyonlands in southeast Oregon.

Owyhee Canyonlands in southeast Oregon.

The Club is currently advocating to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands as a National Monument and the Waldo Lake area  in addition to the other lands identified in Senator Wyden’s legislation.

We strongly encourage you to write or call Senator Wyden and Merkley to thank them for their efforts and ask them to advocate for permanent protection for the Owyhee Canyonlands and Waldo Lake area. Tell them how important these areas are to you and why you value protecting wild lands.

Senator Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5244
or use his on line comment page

Senator Merkley
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone:(202) 224-3753
or use his on line comment page

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