|NO. 11||THE OREGON FOREST WILDERNESS|
||Of Oregon's 31 million
acres of forestlands only 5.7 million acres of de facto forest
wilderness remain. Only 1.2 million acres of these last wildlands
are being considered for inclusion in the National Wilderness System.
|These remaining wild,
primeval forests contain significant irreplaceable watershed, fish and
wildlife habitat, recreation, ecological, scientific, educational,
genetic, botanical, geologic, historic and other multiple use values
which would be diminished or destroyed by their development.
|Approximately 95% of
Oregon's potential timber productivity is already available for the
production of wood products and only 0.5% of this potential is
currently protected in the National Wilderness System.
|Therefore, the Federation
Outdoor Clubs urges the Congress of the United States to enact
legislation at least equivalent to H.R. 1149 to include additional
wildlands in the State of Oregon as part of the National Wilderness
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