Mount Hood Wilderness - Unfinished Business
A proposal to protect Wilderness around Mount Hood.
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.
- Take action to protect these areas!
- Map of the Mount Hood Wilderness proposal
- Maps and details on prior Wilderness protections for Mount Hood
- Bluegrass Ridge background document
- Boulder Lake background document
- McCall Point background document
- Tamanawas Falls background document
For more information contact:
P: 503.283.6343 x202
E: ef( at )oregonwild.org
Photos (from top to bottom): Hikers enjoy the views at Boulder Lake (Erik Fernandez), a Pileated Woodpecker (Evie Bull), a hiker scales the peak at McCall Point (Larry Jones).