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VOLUME X EUGENE, OREGON - AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1950 NO. 8
NEW WILD AREAS PLANNED
All Obsidians, and others interested in the high mountain country of the Cascades, will be pleased to learn that the Forest Service is planning to establish new dedicated areas in the vicinity of Eugene.
WILDERNESS and WILD AREAS
A few definitions of terms and objectives will be in order. Quoting from the Forest Service regulations: "A Wilderness Area is an area of at least 100,000 acres, characterized by primitive conditions of transportation and habitation," (If smaller than 100,000 acres, it is called a Wild Area). "It contains no provisions for the passage of motorized transportation. Resorts, organized camps, summer homes, and commercial logging are excluded. The boundaries must be at least ½ mile back from any route for motorized transportation." (The Forest Service has discontinued the use of the term Primitive Area.)
Quoting again from a Government Publication: "Most of the nation's wild areas have been tamed by highways, automobiles, and other devices of a mechanical civilization. But as modern developments continue, the interests of recreation, public education, and science have made it increasingly desirable to preserve representative areas of our original wilderness."
It will be of interest to know, that so far 77 of these areas have been set aside as wilderness. They cover 14 million acres, in 78 National Forests, in 11 states. Oregon now has 8 such areas. They are Eagle Cap, Three Sisters, Gearhart Mt., Kalmiopsis,
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