Massive Crater Lake Wilderness Area Fantasy

Oregon Wild has proposed a massive half million acre Wilderness Area, partly to “protect” Crater Lake. The Klamath County Commissioners are saying no, with fears that summer fires would affect public health, and that those unhealthy forests need active management. Here is a map of what Oregon Wild wants done.

Merry Packers of Yesteryear

A good friend who worked in the Forest Service before the 1964 Wilderness Act asked me if I had heard of a Merry Packer. I had not heard of them. He then described this motorized contraption that ferried equipment up trails in remote areas. The full picture is here. My friend Tom commented about their …

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Happy Birthday Michael Frome, Wilderness Hero

Happy Birthday to Michael Frome, a friend and Wilderness hero who turns 93 years young today.  My wife was lucky enough to have Dr. Frome as a professor at Western Washington University during the 1990s and I’ve been fortunate to visit with him in Montana over the years.  We’re planning to rendezvous with Michael later …

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USFS Proposes Building 7.5 Miles of Permanent Firebreaks in Ventana Wilderness

According to the folks at Wilderness Watch, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed to build 7.5 miles of permanent firebreaks within the Ventana Wilderness on the Los Padres National Forest in California, using chainsaws, heavy equipment and vehicles. Wilderness Watch is opposing this proposal as a violation of the Wilderness Act, among other things. The …

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Analysis: How HR 4089 Would Effectively Repeal the Wilderness Act

“The purpose of the Wilderness Act is to preserve the wilderness character of the areas to be included in the wilderness system, not to establish any particular use.” – Howard Zahniser, chief author of the Wilderness Act One of the activities I enjoy more than any other is waking up before dawn on a crisp, …

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