Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Walden speaks out against proposed Crater Lake wilderness
by Lacey Jarrell 1/22/16 Herald and News
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, made a sweep through central and southern Oregon earlier this week, but did not stop in Klamath Falls.
“It’s kind of hard to be everywhere at once. I have plans to be in Klamath County this winter. It should not be interpreted as any kind of slight toward the people of Klamath County,” Walden said.
According to a news release, Wednesday Walden heard from the Medford Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources Action Team about concerns arising from a proposal by the nonprofit Oregon Wild to designate as wilderness 500,000 acres of land in and around Crater Lake National Park.
(Much of the land is in Klamath County).
“Oregon’s premier national park is Crater Lake National Park. Why in the world would we want to make the park a wilderness area, where once in a wilderness designation, there isn’t any management,” Walden said.
100 percent opposed
Walden said he is 100 percent opposed to Oregon Wild’s wilderness proposal.
“It kicks the public off public land,” Walden said.
Walden said he believes a wilderness designation will be a loss for outdoor recreationists, such as bicyclists and snowmobilers, and that the land will become more fire prone because the designation calls for less forest management.
Wilderness designations have the most hands-off approach to land management of any federal lands. According to the National Park Service website, the 1964 Wilderness Act protects areas “for the permanent good of the whole people.”
The act prohibits permanent roads and commercial enterprises, and it generally does not allow motorized equipment, vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads, permanent structures or installations.
According to the Oregon Wild website, the proposal would protect 500,000 acres within and outside Crater Lake park boundaries, creating a 90-mile corridor. The proposal would not affect any of the existing access roads within the park or the lodge, the website said.
“Are there some areas where it made sense to do wilderness over time? Sure. This does not make sense. It would completely eliminate a very important recreational opportunity that exists and frankly, would hurt the economy of Klamath, Jackson and Douglas counties,” Walden said.
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
Page Updated: Saturday January 23, 2016 11:26 PM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2001 - 2016, All Rights Reserved