Mount Hood Wilderness - Unfinished Business
In April of 2009 President Obama signed into law Wilderness protections for parts of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. While this historic accomplishment was a huge victory for conservation and quiet recreation, several key areas didn't make it into the final plan. It is vitally important that places like Boulder Lake and Salmon River receive the protection they deserve as we address this unfinished business and establish a lasting legacy for Mount Hood.
The proposal for Wilderness protection would enhance protections for the drinking water supply for the city of Sandy, Oregon. It would also protect key wildlife habitat in Boulder Lake and Salmon River. Protection for these areas was previously supported by the City of Sandy, Clackamas County, Hood River County, and Wasco County as well as others.
These pristine landscapes are important sources of clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for people, but they're also necessary for wildlife to thrive. As climate change shifts our weather patterns it will create habitat challenges for wildlife. Having these Wilderness reserves protected will provide resiliency and much needed habitat as key species adapt to a changing climate.
- Map of the Mount Hood Wilderness proposal pdf
- Interactive map of Proposed Mount Hood Wilderness
- Maps and details on prior Wilderness protections for Mount Hood
- Bluegrass Ridge fact sheet
- McCall Point fact sheet
- Tamanawas Falls fact sheet
Boulder Lake and mountain bike trails background - Oregon Wild worked with IMBA, NW Trails Alliance, and COTA on a revised proposal that would maintain access to bike trails while protecting much of the original proposed area. These proposal changes were made in 2012 and were officially endorsed by all of the above mentioned bike clubs. The boundaries have not changed since.