Hardesty Wildlands Campaign
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JOIN US TO PROTECT THE HARDESTY WILDLANDS!
The Many Rivers Group of the Sierra Club invites interested individuals and groups to join us in protecting the Hardesty Wildlands for future generations. We aim to create a protected area that protects wildlife, the watershed and serves the needs of people and groups who enjoy and appreciate its beauty and wildness. Contact Mike Brinkley if you'd like to get involved in this project.
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The Hardesty Wildlands
Hardesty Mountain (el. 4266 feet), Mount June (el. 4618 feet), and the surrounding area comprise over 6,000 acres of wilderness-quality land in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests. Just 25 miles from Eugene/Springfield, this land is home to wildlife such as elk, deer, bear, cougar, spotted owls, grouse and eagles.
Nearby Recreation — The Hardesty wildlands are an important recreational resource for Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Oakridge offering nearly 20 miles of trails through ancient forests, meadows, and rocky ledges on high ridges with views of the Cascades.
Pristine Watershed — On the Umpqua side of the Hardesty divide is the headwaters for Cottage Grove's drinking water supply. The water quality in this undisturbed forest is exceptional.
Protect Your Wildlands — The Hardesty wildlands is not currently protected as wilderness, though it came close: after years of work by local advocates, it was almost included in the 1984 Oregon Wilderness bill. It remains wild, but it's still threatened by timber sales and road building. This is a wilderness in our back yard. It merits protection. Get involved now.
Enjoy Hardesty — Hardesty is snow-free from Mid-April to Mid-December. We can often hike or snowshoe year-round from the lower trailheads on Highway 58. See our Meetup site for dates: http://www.meetup.com/sierraclub-manyrivers