The New Oregon Wilderness

Oregon has just received a wilderness designation on more than 200,000 acres of land. Environmentalists are welcoming the move, which they hope will protect sensitive lands from development and misuse.
April 8, 2009, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"When President Barack Obama's signing pen lifted off a public lands bill April 6, great pieces of Oregon were immediately surrounded by invisible lines."

"Everything inside those lines is now wilderness, the most protected class of federal land. "

"In simple terms, that means no logging or non-human-powered recreation. But wilderness amounts to more than a list of don'ts, and visiting just one corner of the state's 200,000 acres of freshly minted wilderness can explain why."

"Specifically, it means no cars, no roads, no permanent structures, no mountain bikes, no paragliding and in general nothing mechanized. Fernandez likes to say that you can still go hunting, hiking, fishing and camping there, but 'you just have to leave your chain saw and bulldozer at home.'"

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Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 in The Oregonian
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