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“None of nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild…”

John Muir, 1903

Comparison of designated Wilderness in bordering Pacific NW states as percentage of entire state

California (14%)

Washington (4%)

Idaho (4%)

Oregon (2%)

Data from www.wilderness.net


Umpqua Watershed's Wild on Wilderness committee is pleased to have forged an alliance of organizations to further Wilderness protections in the Umpqua through the Crater Lake Wilderness proposal. Helping us to promote this Wilderness is Oregon Wild, Environment Oregon, The Crater Lake Institute, The National Park Conservation Association, and The Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

HELP US Make it Happen…

Help us promote Congressional designation of Wilderness that includes wild areas of Crater Lake National Park, plus additions to existing Wilderness areas including Boulder Creek, Mt. Thielsen, Rogue-Umpqua Divide, Sky Lakes and Diamond Peak Wilderness. The proposal also includes roadless areas in key watersheds in the high back-country of the Umpqua National Forest.

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System, to “secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”

The Crater Lake Wilderness proposal includes approximately 160,000 acres of the backcountry of Crater Lake National Park, as well as an approximate 340,000 acres of other Wilderness additions surrounding. All infrastructure, including roads, lodges, and cabins would receive a buffer and are not to be considered Wilderness. Many national parks enjoy Wilderness such as Denali in Alaska, Zion in Utah, and Yosemite in California.

Percentages of designated Wilderness, administered by the following US Federal agencies:

National Park Service__________56%

US Fish and Wildlife___________22%

US Forest Service_____________18%

Bureau of Land Management_____2%

Important unroaded areas in the Upper Umpqua National Forest are included in the proposal as shown on the following map.

These remaining unroaded areas house abundant biological diversity, and have not been cut over and replanted with a monoculture of Douglas fir. These native forests are directly and genetically linked to the time of Mt. Mazama’s cataclysmic eruption, approximately 7,700 years ago.

A Crater Lake Wilderness Would Ensure

Wilderness designation of forests is good for countering global warming through carbon sequestration

Humans release about 7 billion tons of carbon annually. Because all forests absorb carbon, it is thought that our tall, moist Pacific NW forests greatly contribute to the sequestration of at least 2 billion tons of carbon annually. These forests are key in stabilizing Earth’s climate. —based on 7-20-10 NASA Earth Science Team release. Adam Voiland

Old trees store far more carbon than young trees. Most old forests are still growing and absorbing carbon.

Mature Forests cannot be cut and replanted without losing most of the carbon to the atmosphere.

WILDERNESS may become the determining factor in wildlife’s ability to adapt to global climate change. Scientists are predicting that many native plants and wild animals will be migrating northward and to higher elevations with increased warming trends. Providing a migration corridor is critical for adaptation to occur, preventing extinctions into the future.

Wilderness serves like a bank by holding the DNA deposits of our rich and valuable natural heritage!

Steelhead trout in Steamboat Creek rely on the crystal cold water—10-12 degrees colder than Steamboat Creek— that gushes out of Big Bend Creek in the Bulldog Rock Roadless Area, a star in the constellation of roadless areas in the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal.

The Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal includes important headwaters to tributaries for both North and South Umpqua Rivers. Examples include Jackson and Last Creek, which infuse cold, clear water into the troubled South Umpqua River, and tributaries such as Steamboat and Calf Creek that keep the North Umpqua River cold enough for spawning and rearing salmon and steelhead.

OREGON a Recreational Destination

Oregon’s active outdoor recreation in 2012 generated 141,000 jobs directly, $4 billion in wages, $12.8 billion in consumer spending, and $955 million in state and local tax revenue. *Natural Resource Economics, 2016

“The Crater Lake Institute supports protecting Crater Lake National Park as largely official Wilderness given its status as a pure freshwater lake, Deepest Lake within the US, and its key watershed Values as the Birthplace of Rivers: the Rogue system to the west and the Klamath system to the south”.

Ronald Mastrogiuseppe, Crater Lake Institute

Wildlife-Related Recreation in Oregon

Based on 2011 data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, in Oregon 1.8 million residents and non-residents 16 years old and older fished, hunted, or wildlife watched. Of that total, 638,000 fished, 198,000 hunted, and 1.4 billion participated in wildlife watching. State residents and non-residents spent $2.7 billion on wildlife recreation specifically.

“We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there.... We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope”.



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