Oregon Wild works to protect the Wild and Scenic Molalla River.
(6.18.13) Protections for the Molalla Wild and Scenic River unanimously passed out of committee in the U.S. Senate today. This was a key hurdle before final passage.
(3.15.13) Congressman Schrader introduces legislation to protect 21.3 miles of the Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River.
Oregon Wild is working with the Molalla River Alliance to protect the Wild and Scenic Molalla River for future generations to enjoy as we do today. The Alliance is comprised of 45 partners ranging from the Oregon State Police to Molalla River Anglers to the City of Molalla.
One of the critical functions of the Molalla River is to provide clean drinking water to the cities of Molalla and Canby. The river also supports an abundance of wildlife including native winter steelhead and salmon runs, geological wonders and a wide range of recreational opportunities.
The Molalla River Recreation Corridor is well known for its hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, swimming, picnicking, nature watching, or simply enjoying the sounds of the River. There are more than 30 miles of non-motorized trails which access numerous waterfalls and vistas.
Wild and Scenic River
Oregon Wild and the Alliance have mapped and documented 23 miles of the Molalla River and the Table Rock Fork of the Molalla River which deserve protection as a Wild and Scenic River. Click here to see a map of the proposal.
This area also serves as an important wildlife corridor containing critical habitat for the northern spotted owl, pileated woodpecker, red tree vole, red-legged frog and pacific giant salamander. It also provides habitat for bears, cougars, bobcat, deer, elk, beaver, otter, hawks, osprey and both golden and bald eagles.
The Molalla River provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead, salmon and native wild cutthroat trout. Distinct populations of Molalla River steelhead and salmon are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
Photos: Molalla River Alliance (top); Tommy Hough (all others).