Wilderness

The Umpqua Watersheds Wilderness Committee works to create grassroots and business support for the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal. The proposal will place the backcountry of Crater Lake and surrounding ancient forests under the protection of the Wilderness Act. The proposal will create an approximate 500,000 acre Wilderness area. Protecting Crater Lake National Park and its surrounding ancient forests from development or exploitation for all time.

These new Wilderness additions will secure lands between existing Wilderness areas such as Boulder Creek, Rogue-Umpqua Divide, Sky Lakes, Mt. Thielsen, and Diamond Peak Wilderness. It will create a 90 mile long wildlife corridor to protect habitat for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species by moderating the effects of our changing environment and provide a refuge from the loss of surrounding habitat.

The proposal also protects the headwaters of the Rogue, Umpqua, Klamath, Willamette and Little Deschutes Rivers. Their protection will continue to provide cold, clear water for Southern Oregon’s struggling native fisheries and the communities that depend on those rivers for drinking water and recreational use.

Research across America shows communities with nearby wilderness areas benefit from increased revenues based on flourishing wildlife, pristine recreational experiences, increased property values and increased employment opportunities. And so it shall be with the Crater Lake Wilderness.

For more information please contact Robbin Schindele, Umpqua Watersheds’ Crater Lake Wilderness Campaign Coordinator at robbin@umpquawatersheds.org and visit the website: CraterLakeWild.org

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