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Wilderness Committee Summer 2020

Published June 18th, 2020

“High above the world of people and their dramas, lives the world of the wild. Where the lengthened light at sunset sets aglow the towering firs and hemlocks at the ridges, and the wind makes its music with the trees. I’m in reverie remembering that time in June, when the light lingered at its zenith; [...]

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Wilderness Update

Published March 16th, 2020

The Wilderness committee has been busy this winter. Crater Lake Wilderness Coordinator Robbin Schindele has been working on activities and events in the coming year. Susan Applegate and Robbin have teamed up to spread the word about the economic benefits protecting public lands brings to individuals, communities and businesses. This is very important information that [...]

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Published February 25th, 2020

I would like to correct a number of inaccurate statements made by one of our county commissioners in his recent guest column: “The proposed Crater Lake Wilderness: A dangerous road to disaster and exclusion.”  The writer could have avoided spreading this misinformation by simply reading the Wilderness Act of 1964 (, going to the [...]

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Susan Applegate and Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal

Published February 22nd, 2020

Crater Lake is an Oregon icon and our only National Park. The wildlife it supports, the clean water it provides and the amazing outdoor recreational opportunities it offers is unique and deserving of protection. It’s also an economic engine for the region that attracts businesses seeking environmental amenities for their employees.

The Douglas [...]

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Wilderness Committee update

Published December 6th, 2019

By Robbin Shindele

The Wilderness Committee had a busy fall. In September we wound down our postcard campaign. Various committee members were at the Saturday farmers Market in Roseburg most Saturdays from May through September. We talked to people about the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal and asked them to sign postcards with pre-printed messages to [...]

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Comments Due Dec 17, 2019

Published November 29th, 2019
USDA Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alternatives to a Proposed Alaska Roadless Rule Development of a proposed state-specific rule is in response to a petition from the State of Alaska JUNEAU, ALASKA, Oct. 15, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement [...]

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Crater Lake Wilderness aims to keep 500,000 acres wild

Published November 3rd, 2019

Crater Lake Wilderness article in the news!


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Wilderness Update

Published June 18th, 2019

Wilderness Committee Update… Robbin Schindele

The Wilderness Committee has been busy as usual. In April, we sponsored a benefit concert for Umpqua Watersheds’ radio station, KQUA 99.7, The River. Kim Angelis, a world-renowned musician headlined the concert. Known for her elegant skills as a composer and flamboyant and energetic performance of gypsy influenced music, she [...]

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Spring 2019

Published March 3rd, 2019

Wilderness Committee… Robbin Shindele


The Wilderness committee has been doing a lot the last few months. We’ve added some new businesses to our endorser list. We have been active in the newly formed UW grants committee and been working on our own grant applications.


Our caroling event in December went very well. Calling [...]

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Winter 2018

Published December 8th, 2018

Robbin Schindele

The Wilderness Committee has been busy since the last newsletter. Our ongoing effort to get business support for the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal continues to grow. We currently have 74 businesses and are nearing our goal of 100 businesses before our next Annual Banquet. Our federal legislators have told us that support from [...]

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