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Senators seek to add more wilderness

Herald and News 12/16/12

Washington - Oregon's two senators have introduced a bill to add 60,000 acres of federal forest land to the Wild Rogue Wilderness.

The bill was introduced Thursday by Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, who said enlarging the wilderness would help fish and wildlife, tourism and economic activity by protecting key species.

The current wilderness lies along the Rogue between the communities of Marial and Agness. The addition would extend wilderness protection against logging and development upriver to Grave Creek. That would cover the stretch of river known as the wild section, which is one of Oregon's most popular whitewater rafting destinations.

A similar bill is pending in the House.




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