Keep Waldo Wild: Maps
Maps explain a lot, like why we chose the boundaries and land protection schemes that we decided upon. Below are some more maps we hope will help you understand our thinking and motivations.
The roads and trails, Inventoried Roadless Areas, and Land Use Management Plan data are courtesy of the National Forest Service and are based on GIS data downloaded from the Deschutes and Willamette National Forest Data Library web pages.
Roads and Trails
This map shows those roads and trails that are designated to be remain open for public use under the Deschutes and Willamette National Forest Travel Management Plans. Our proposed protection plan will not close any vehicle roads now open for use. Nearly all trails that are open for mountain bike use will remain open. Look at the Inventoried Roadless Area map below to see why our boundaries and the roads are consistent.
Inventoried Roadless Areas
The Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) designation by the National Forest Service dates back to 1967, but was codified in its current form by the Roadless Rule of 2001. This rule directed the Forest Service to inventory and maintain those areas that were roadless in a perpetually roadless state and reserves the authority to make exceptions to the Chief Forester. Consequently, though administrative, the maintenance of roadless areas is semi-permanent and essentially removes those areas from mechanized logging or motorized vehicle use. Our proposed protection boundaries are nearly identical to the IRA boundaries around Waldo Lake.
Land Use Management Designations
This map is really busy, so don't expect to get much out of it except impressions. The map shows the land use designations by the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests from their Forest Plans. Every acre of National Forest is designated for some kind of use, such as: General Forest (suitable for logging); Dispersed Recreation - semi-primitive non-motorized; Forest - Intensive Timber Management; Wilderness; etc. To really understand how these designations have influenced our proposed protection boundary decisions, you would need to look closely at each area on a much larger scale map, and then research the meaning of each designation in the respective Forest's Forest Plan. Our boundaries attempt to exclude any area currently designated for logging, though there are some inconsistencies between the Forest Service land use designations and the IRA boundaries (see map above).
Satellite imagery is priceless in the information it brings. We have used imagery extensively, as well as on-the-ground field trips, in deciding our proposed protection boundaries. Note that most clearcuts, even 40 to 60 years old, are clearly visible in the imagery. This information made it clear to us which areas were still suitable for Wilderness Area designation and which were not.
Take Your Own Tour in Google Earth
For a Google Earth overview (you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer) of these proposed protection areas, click on Waldo Protection Area and Google Earth will open to show you the proposed boundaries. There are also Placemarks for the "Waldo's Best Places" photo location above so you can see where they are and fly in and around them in Earth. Click on a Placemark to see a short description and photos taken from that location. Double-click on a Placemark to zoom in for a closeup view of a "Best Place".