Wednesday, June 25, 2008

WWA Action Alert: Tumalo Backcountry Recreation

Over the wire from Karhu backcountry partner Winter Wildlands Alliance:

Help Create the Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Zone in the Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest is currently reviewing winter recreation opportunities in the Century Drive Corridor west of Bend, Oregon. An expansion of groomed cross-country and skate ski trails has recently been approved, and a new Snopark to accommodate additional snowmobile recreation is in the final planning stage. Additionally, the development of dog-friendly ski trails is being evaluated.

In conjunction with these projects, a recent proposal to establish the Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Zone is also being considered. The proposal asks the Deschutes National Forest to recognize, and provide for, accessible opportunities for those that seek the naturalness, solitude, challenge and inspiration that is an integral part of the unaltered and non-motorized landscape. This could be the first Backcountry Recreation Zone to be established by the United States Forest Service. Your support for it will help to bring it to fruition.

Winter Wildlands’ grassroots member group Central Oregon Backcountry Skiers asks you to encourage others to visit this site and sign-on, as public support for the Tumalo BRZ is critically important.

To learn more and join the effort to protect this quality human-powered winter recreation area
click here.

Full Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Zone Proposal:
Map of the proposed Tumalo Backcountry Recreation Zone:
Tumalo Petition:
WWA Action Alerts:

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