Grassroots wilderness movement is alive in Oregon
There was standing-room only at a large public forum held by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in June, and nearly 550 people came to show support for new Mount Hood wilderness protections at forums sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden.
These wilderness supporters are Oregonians from all walks of life, motivated not by some foundation-driven cabal, but rather by the very real threats that our remaining unprotected wild lands face today. These are people who chose to live, work and raise families in Oregon because of the wild lands that make our state such a wonderful place to live. They represent the finest tradition of grassroots activism.
I doubt many of these activists would share Mr. Pace’s concerns over the structure of wilderness campaigns. They are too busy working to preserve Oregon’s remaining unprotected wild lands and waters.