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Proposed Crater Lake Wilderness
Photo by Kathy Shayler

Umpqua Watershed's Wild on Wilderness committee is pleased to have forged an alliance of organizations to further wilderness protections in the Umpqua in the Crater Lake Wilderness proposal. In this proposal 74% of our earlier proposed Wild Umpqua Wilderness is included. Helping us to promote this wilderness proposal is Oregon Wild, Environment Oregon and the Crater Lake Institute.

Where the road ends and the Wildlife begins—

Make it Happen….

Help us promote Congressional designation of Wilderness that includes wild areas of Crater Lake National Park, plus additions to these existing U.S. Forest Service Wilderness areas—Boulder Creek, Mt. Thielson, Rogue-Umpqua Divide and Sky Lakes Wilderness. The proposal includes other 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.”

“I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in…”, — Aldo Leopold

Comparison of designated Wilderness in bordering Pacific NW states as percentage of all public lands.
California 15%
Washington 10%
Idaho 8%
Oregon 4%

The Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal includes 160,000 acres or 1/3 of the national park. The park’s lodge and infrastructure would remain outside the Wilderness boundary. Many national parks are managed primarily as Wilderness, such as Denali in Alaska 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 largely 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, some 7,700 years before present.

Crater Lake Wilderness Would Ensure
* Clean, Cold, Abundant Water Supply
* Healthy Fisheries
* Carbon Sequestration and Climate Stability
* Best Wildlife Habitat
* Quality Hunting and Fishing
* Protection of Rare and Native Plant Species
* Protected Wildlife Migration Corridors
* Rugged, Challenging Adventure
* Spiritual Renewal and Solitude
* Sustained Economic Benefits

“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

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

Steelhead at Big Bend Pool.
Photo by Cameron Zegers

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

Active outdoor recreation supports 73,000 jobs across Oregon, generates $310 million in annual state tax revenue, and produces $4.6 billion annual retail sales and services.

Kristin Doak lands a big steelhead from the Umpqua
Photo by Mark Hambric

Wildlife-Related Recreation in Oregon
*ECONorthwest, based on data from US Fish & Wildlife Service Hunting: 237,000 people $496+ million Fishing: 576,000 people $373+ million Wildlife Watching: 1,484,000 people $776+ million And, over 1 million people were out hiking, trail running, backpacking and rock climbing, (41% of the outdoor recreation activities.) *Southwick Associates, 2005

To recreate is to refresh and renew, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

“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”. —anonymous

Did You Know…

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.