Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Bill to Establish Permanent Protections for Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Area
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today introduced legislation to permanently protect and preserve the remote and rugged area called Devil’s Staircase, as well as parts of Wasson and Franklin creeks.
“Devil’s Staircase is one of the last truly wild places in the United States,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “I’ve hiked thousands of miles in my lifetime, and the trek to the spectacular Devil’s Staircase waterfall was one of most challenging and rewarding I have ever undertaken. This magnificent area is pristine wilderness without any developed trails, and encompasses some of the last remaining old-growth forest in Oregon’s Coastal Range. My legislation will help to protect this unique area and preserve its beauty and tranquility for generations to come.”
The legislation, H.R. 6484, would designate approximately 30,500 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands in Oregon as Wilderness. Wilderness lands have a special protected status against road construction and disturbances like logging.
Devil’s Staircase is so remote and inaccessible it has never been logged.
In addition, this legislation designates approximately 14.4 miles of the Wasson and Franklin Creeks, which support native Coho and Chinook salmon, trout, and steelhead runs, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
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