Our maps are available on other Juniper Group pages, however they are collected here for quicker reference.
The data for these maps is provided by the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon Department of Forestry, and Wilderness.net operated by the University of Montana, downloaded from their publicly available GIS data web pages.
Keep Waldo Wild
Proposed Forest Conservation Area and Wilderness Area Additions
The Oregon Sierra Club Keep Waldo Wild campaign seeks to add legislative protection to approximately 76,000 acres in the Waldo Lake area of the Oregon High Cascades. This additional area is vital to maintain the watershed and exceptionally pure water quality of the lake, maintain the north/south wildlife corridor link from the Three Sisters Wilderness to the north and Diamond Peak Wilderness to the south, and preserve the pristine old growth area along the Cascade Crest and Pacific Crest Trail.
Oregon's National Forests
Oregon has 11 National Forests comprising about 16.3 Million acres. These forests represent an incredible natural resource that goes far beyond the traditional timber uses to include a burgeoning recreational value, homes for our wildlife, and a huge carbon sink and a CO2 recycling mechanism that maintains our atmosphere compatible with life.
Oregon's State Forests
The Oregon State Forests comprise about 821,000 acres of forestlands mostly in in six large state forests. There also are a number of smaller forest tracts, scattered mostly in western Oregon’s Coast Range. All state forest lands are actively managed under Oregon Department of Forestry for the stated purpose "to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to Oregonians. Most of the revenue from timber sales goes to county governments and local public districts, and from Common School Forest Lands to benefit schools throughout the state." These goals frequently come into conflict with our Sierra Club environmental objectives.
Oregon's Wilderness Areas
Oregon has 47 Wilderness Units (some Areas contain more than one Unit) containing about 2.5 Million acres of land. While this sounds like a lot, it is about 2% of the state land area, far behind Washington and Idaho with 4% and California with 14%. We have some catching up to do. Click on the map to open a larger version.
Oregon's Wilderness Study Areas
The Bureau of Land Management manages more than 545 Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) nationwide containing nearly 12.7 million acres located in the Western States and Alaska. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 directed the Bureau to inventory and study its roadless areas for wilderness characteristics. Until Congress makes a final determination on a WSA, the BLM manages these areas to preserve their suitability for designation as wilderness. Oregon has 88 WSA's containing about 2.8 Million acres. Each of these areas is a candidate for expanding Oregon's Wilderness inventory.
Oregon's Federal Lands
A Little History: This is a really busy image, but also revealing in two ways: a lot of Oregon's land area is owned by the Federal government; and, just how really chopped up into checkerboard patterns are the Federal lands. Much of this resulted from various Congressional acts over the last two centuries: such as the Homestead Act of 1862 and various successor acts through 1930; the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862; and the Oregon and California Railroad Act of 1866 and it's subsequent machinations (for a brief description of this miserable saga in our history, go the Oregon Wild website at History of BLM and O&C Lands).
Relevance: This is relevant today, since there are currently two bills in Congress attempting to help resolve this situation, however we view both as unacceptable (go to our Oregon Sierra Club Blog at Clearcuts and Controversy as Wyden Logging Bill Introduced).
Hi-Res PDF: For a really close-up look at the land management mess, open a 450 dpi pdf version of this map (5.7 Mb) at Oregon Federal Lands.pdf. Be patient - it takes a while to open. You can zoom to 400% or so and look at the extreme checkerboard pattern of land ownership.