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Roaring River Wilderness

Roaring River Wilderness
Location Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Government Camp
Coordinates

45°12′N 121°54′W / 45.2°N 121.9°W / 45.2; -121.9Coordinates: 45°12′N 121°54′W / 45.2°N 121.9°W / 45.2; -121.9

Area 36,500 acres (14,800 ha)
Established 2009
Governing body United States Forest Service

Roaring River Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Mount Hood National Forest in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Southwest of Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest mountain, the 36,500-acre (14,800 ha) area was created in 2009.[1] The wilderness area is named after the Roaring River that flows through the area and is a tributary of the Clackamas River.[1]

History

In 2004, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced legislation to add the area around the Roaring River to the Salmon–Huckleberry Wilderness.[2] That bill did not pass and the next year several members of Oregon’s delegation to the U.S. House proposed protecting the area as well.[3] Sponsored by Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden, this bill would have created a new wilderness area for the river’s valley and received unanimous support in committee.[4] The Bush administration supported some expansion of the wilderness areas around Mount Hood, but not as much as proposed by the bill.[5] This bill also failed to become law, and in February 2007, Wyden and fellow Senator Gordon Smith introduced another bill to create the Roaring River Wilderness.[6] The area officially became a protected wilderness area in March 2009 when the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Barack Obama.[7]

Details

Located southwest of Mount Hood, the area includes 1,000 year-old trees in its old growth forest.[4] Prior to designation as a wilderness area the Dry Ridge, Grouse Point, Serene Lake, Shellrock Lake, and Shining Lake trails were open to use by mountain bikes.[1] Lakes in the area include the Rock Lakes and Serene Lake, while Cache Meadow is one of the many alpine meadows.[1] The river itself is a spawning habitat for several salmon species and is a tributary to the Clackamas River.[1] Flora and fauna include spotted owls, pileated woodpeckers, bears, cougars, elk, mule deer, salamanders, huckleberry, salal, and sword ferns among others.[1]

See also

References

External links

  • Mount Hood Wilderness Campaign
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