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The Obsidian, September 1958 5
Report on Labor Day Meeting of F.W.O.C.
Karl Onthank represented Obsidians at the annual meeting of the Federation of Western Outdoor clubs at Camp Meriwether over Labor Day. Other Obsidians attending the meeting, at which Mazamas were hosts, were Ruth Onthank, Ruth Hopson, Jim Kezer and Frances Newsom. Here is what the group did:
Talked with government people about the recreational areas in the Three Sisters and Waldo Lake regions,
Were impressed with the lack of knowledge about future recreation needs,
Talked with national park people about their survey of the Pacific Coast,
Heard Dave Brower, executive director of The Sierra Club, explain the Wilderness Bill,
Resolved to ask a moratorium on further reclassification of land until the Outdoor recreational resources review report is completed,
Voted 15 to 4 to ask Congress to direct the National Park Service to make a survey of the Glacier Peak area,
Voted to meet next Labor Day weekend at the Sierra Club's Claire Tappan Lodge on U. S. 40 west of Reno.
Jim Kezer led a field trip to the beach at the time of an exceptionally low tide that offered very good tide-pool exploring for the delegates.
This was the largest FWOC meeting ever held in the Northwest.
Delegates said they were especially impressed with the Mazama youth group which was on hand to help with carrying baggage and doing chores as well as service the meals.
Karl reports a great deal of discussion about proposed recreation areas and much jubilation over the passage by Congress of the recreational review bill which is expected to give the country its first real picture of recreational needs.
Onthank Named To Resources Board
Karl Onthank, a member of the Obsidian board of directors and past president of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs, has been named a member of the Oregon State Water Resources Board. Governor Robert Holmes appointed him to a four-year term to replace L. C. Binford, Portland, whose term expired.
The board, which has been in operation only three years, is generally regarded as the most important body in the state in the field of resource development. It passes upon all plans for commercial or other use of waters within Oregon.
Karl's appointment was acclaimed by the Oregonian of Portland and by former Gov. Charles A. Sprague in his Oregon Statesman in Salem.
It was not so widely heralded by some of the persons with whom Karl has battled on matters like reduction of the Wilderness area and Beaver Marsh.
The forest service has asked interested groups to suggest "natural areas," small pieces of land that should be set aside because of their particular scientific, scenic or recreational value.
The board of directors has suggested two, and the forest service will be so advised:
1. The bog at the end of Gold Lake. Jim Kezer will present the case for this.
2. The Iron Mountain area on the Santiam. Frank Sipe will explain to the forest service why this should be set aside.
What Do You Want?
It's time to start a new Obsidian year. What do you want to do? Let the new president or members of the newly elected board of directors know which committees you'd like to serve on. They want to fit the job to the member. Be sure to fill out your activity sheet at Annual Meeting.
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