Show Your Support for the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary
The North Umpqua’s Steamboat Creek is one of the best spring and summer steelhead sanctuaries in the lower 48. New legislation advancing in the Senate would protect nearly 100,000 acres in the Steamboat Creek watershed. The protected area would be named for Frank Moore, a World War II veteran and a lifelong steward of Steamboat Creek.
Additional Legislation to Support
Oregon Wildlands Act
Southwestern Oregon boasts some of the most undeveloped and biologically diverse lands in the nation. From free-flowing rivers teeming with salmon, to dark primordial forests, to serpentine soil that feeds plants seen nowhere else on the planet, this wondrous part of Oregon offers a place to relax and listen to hidden waterfalls, hike amid towering ancient redwoods, and watch river otters playfully splash as you raft and fish its wild waters.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced The Oregon Wildlands Act to preserve more than 100,000 acres of southwest Oregon wilderness, over 250 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and almost 120,000 acres as a national recreation area.
Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act (Kalmiopsis River)
The Wild and Scenic Illinois and Smith rivers are known for their healthy salmon runs, world-renowned plant biodiversity, and outstanding recreation. However, proposed nickel mining in these rivers’ headwaters threatens their unique values. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Jared Huffman (CA) introduced legislation to permanently protect these pristine, productive watersheds. That hasn’t stopped a foreign-owned mining company from continuing their pursuit of destroying these fishing and kayaking paradises.
Thank Congressman DeFazio for his work to protect these rivers that provide clean drinking water to over 10,000 Americans. And, ask him to continue his work to get the legislation across the finish line before the end of the year.