Wild and Free Bulletin


May 26, 2006


 Update: The Walden-Blumenauer Mount Hood Wilderness Bill, HR 5025

Congressmen Greg Walden (R) and Earl Blumenauer (D) recently introduced a bill (HR 5025) to designate Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers around Mount Hood . Overall the bill is a good start to solving problems facing Mount Hood ’s forests and rivers. In particular, the Cooper Spur Wild and Free Coalition supports the inclusion of the Cooper Spur settlement -- a land trade that would stop Mt. Hood Meadows Corporation from developing a destination resort at Cooper Spur. Additionally, it would protect the Crystal Springs watershed that supplies 25% of Hood River county with water AND permanently protect the backcountry around Cooper Spur as Wilderness.

Other places proposed for protection in HR 5025 include areas like Roaring River , Big Bottom, Eagle Creek, Alder Creek, and parts of the Columbia Gorge Wilderness. However, the bill leaves many special places unprotected, including groves of ancient trees that provide habitat for fish and wildlife and that clean the rivers that supply our drinking water.  And that is why we need your help... 

Please write to Senator Gordon Smith and urge him to work with Senator Wyden to introduce legislation this year to protect all the remaining wildlands (see map here) around Mount Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. Click here to see a sample letter on our web site.

Senator Gordon Smith

One World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 1250
Portland , OR 97204

Phone: 503.326.3386
Fax: 503.326.2900

What HR 5025 protects:

77,500 acres of Wilderness, including

23 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers , including

HR 5025 leaves many key wildlands and waters unprotected, including:

Other bill components:

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