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Petitioning Representative Greg Walden and 5 others

Protect Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock proposed wilderness


Increased access on our public lands is important to us. The 7,800 acres of road-accessible lands that currently exist in this John Day River area are fragmented, difficult to manage, and provide little benefit to the public.   The consolidation of BLM lands in the Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock wilderness proposal  doubles public access and dramatically improves our ability to hike, hunt, raft, and fish in the John Day River Basin.    During the peak rafting season along this portion of the river, BLM has recently permitted over 300 people per day. These river users will be able to utilize the existing and 4+ new riverfront public lands. Clearly the Cathedral Rock proposed wilderness area’s highest and best use is by the boaters of the John Day River, for fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.   The larger Horse Heaven proposed wilderness area would provide over 9,400 acres of road-accessible BLM lands; a great asset to those who prefer to enjoy wilderness areas through hiking/backpacking/horseback riding.   We thank you for your leadership by sponsoring this legislations and urge your continued support of the proposal that you introduced earlier this year.

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