Cascadia Wildlands

Good News From Cascadia Wildlands


Devil's Staircase: photo by Mike Putnam Photos

We’re delighted to share this great news from Rex grantee Cascadia Wildlands about new laws protecting Oregon wilderness and waterways! Executive Director Josh Laughlin reports:

We did it! Just now, the Oregon Wildlands Act and other landmark conservation measures were signed into law forever protecting places like the 30,500-acre Devil’s Staircase Wilderness and iconic waterways like the Lower Rogue, Chetco, Elk and Molalla Rivers. Wilderness and Wild and Scenic designations are the gold-seal protections afforded by Congress and will ensure these storybook landscapes will be preserved for generations to come.

It has been a long haul to get this across the finish line, and I want to say THANK YOU for helping make this milestone happen. Having a movement at our backs has been instrumental in keeping up the momentum year after year, Congress after Congress. Sometimes it felt like we were going up against a brick wall, but with our combined perseverance, wild nature won the day!

In addition to creating the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness in the Coast Range, the legislation, championed by Rep. Peter DeFazio and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, protects over 250 miles of famed waterways in Oregon and establishes the 100,000-acre Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary on the North Umpqua River. It’s a good day for conservation in Oregon!

To celebrate this victory, we and colleagues are hosting a Wilderness and River Protections Celebration on March 20, from 5:30-7 pm at the Ninkasi Administration Bldg. (155 Blair Blvd in Eugene). Legislative champ Rep. DeFazio will be on hand to say a few words. Come toast with us!

And if you missed it, the Statesman-Journal just produced a podcast about how Devil’s Staircase came to be. I had the privilege to participate in it.

Again, thank you for being there and for all you do to keep it wild in Cascadia!