We are pleased to report that members of the Oregon congressional delegation including Senators
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt
Schrader have introduced legislation (S.2001/H.R.3436) to permanently protect portions of the
Rogue River and its surrounding forests. The "Rogue Wilderness Area Expansion Act of
2011" will preserve an economic engine in southwest Oregon that supports local jobs, clean
water, wildlife habitat, fishing opportunities, and one of the most spectacular multi-day
whitewater trips in the Western United States.
While the Rogue is one of our nation's original Wild and Scenic Rivers, the protected
corridor is only a narrow strip immediately adjacent to the river. This legislation would
designate approximately 60,000 acres of Wilderness and add 93 miles of tributary streams to the
Wild and Scenic Rogue River. The result would represent the realization of a water-based
conservation vision for the Rogue River.
For over three years the Oregon congressional delegation has worked with local business owners,
conservationists, timber organizations, fisherman, whitewater boaters, and community members to
craft a common sense proposal for protection of the Rogue River canyon. An alliance of businesses
who see the protection of the Rogue as an investment in the local economy have been working with
river conservation organizations to advance legislation. There are over 100 local and regional
businesses and organizations endorsing the campaign including American Whitewater.
If you are from Oregon please take the time to thank your members of Congress for their
leadership on this issue.