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page 6 THE OBSIDIAN May 1964
GLEANINGS FROM THE WILDERNESS CONFERENCE
Population dilemma is making vast demands on wilderness resources, increasing needs for such resources. Interplanetary possibilities would only postpone this situation since Venus, the most likely, would be populated in 40 years at the present rate.
-Geographer-Dr. Daniel B. Luten-
Psychological benefits are prime needs in man's living today for relaxation from the many stresses of day by day living.
-Psychologist-Dr. Donald McKinley-
Wilderness bills now in process promise to result in the probable passing of such a bill this year. Based on the "Dingell Bill" there will be amendments but most are acceptable to wilderness people. Still needed are: 1. Control of mining. 2. Protection from areas being subject to reconsideration; 3. Making the provisions of the bill apply to primitive and refuge areas.
-Wilderness Society Director-Dr. Howard Zahniser-John Osseward-and J.Herbert Stone, Regional Forester-
Needs for water supply dams, power dams, recreationals areas, lumbering needs, fishing, wild life refuges--all are Forest Service commitments and they must meet needs that benefit the most people and the most needs.
-Forester-J. Herbert Stone-
The term "wilderness" needs a uniform definition, establishment and management. Because of tract size and other criteria this preservation becomes function of the government. While not directly mentioned, intent of Park laws and proclamations has been for wilderness preservation by reason of its character and a combination of all its nat
-John Rutter-Supt. Rainier National Park-
BLM protects special areas while studies are made; makes recommendations; develops and sustains the areas in keeping with the decisions.
-Irving Anderson-Chief of Division of Lands, Minerals and Recreation, Portland, Oregon.
Nat'l Wild Life Refuges number 276 with 4 million acres protected. Report of Committee now meeting will play a big part in determining what the bill will be. Alaska and Hawaii had not been in previous report.
Special areas needing consideration: Georgia's Cypress Swamp, both trees and wildlife; a Montana River area; some 2 million acres in Nevada; Aleutian Island areas.
Pressure for cabin sites in all areas is a real problem.
-Daniel H. Janzen-Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife.
Research surveys now under way to determine wilderness needs from era to era, and uses now made of existing areas will provide information for future developments. Findings are incomplete but reveal some statistics. Hikers 8%; Swimmers 45%; Fishing 20%; the remainder undetermined. Whatever the use "wilderness is a many splendored thing."
Wiley Wenger, Jr. and Wm. Burch - Researchers.
Some Things to Do; 1; Write your Congressmen; 2) make use of petitions, hearings, advisory boards study commissions, appeals citizens groups personal conferences, public programs speeches and campaigns toward elections, newspaper publicity and committees from groups such as ours.
Work has begun to form committes for keeping in close touch through judiciary fields. This will strengthen citizens atempts to make his needs known to the administrative departments and to have at hand legal information for the citizens.
Mr. Jan Hughes - Legal Comm.
Man's need for "centers of stillness, quiet places where people can recharge themselves. Everyone benefits from conservation and everyone loses when they are gone. Wilderness areas speak to the heart and restore the soul; even if man only camps around the edges and looks into the wilderness he has experienced the wilderness. Oregon is a quality state; we take pride in the quality of living here and should boast of our wilderness as a symbol of our quality.
From: Senator Alfred Corbett Address
Obsidians attending were: Karl and Ruth Onthank, Mike McCloskey, Richard and Winninette Noyes, Ruth Hopson, Catherine Dunlop, Anna Pechanec, Dorothy Towlerton.
The "Rooster Rock" trail starts from Santiam Hiway, 25 miles east of Sweet Home It is 69 miles from Eugene. 138 miles round trip. The trail is in good shape. It's a 2 mile hike and up all the way. There was no snow on the trail. Only a little on top. A look-out is at the top. The day was clear and a wonderful view in every direction. We could see the North and Middle Sisters. A mountain obscured the South. Driving time by car from Eugene was 1½ hours. On the trail going up about 2-3/4 hours. Coming down took 1½ hours, Gordon Fish took some pictures on the trip His address is...... 1656 Evergreen Dr. Those on this trip were Helen Smith, Elizabeth McMullin, Gordon, Russell, and Randy Fish, Forest White, Ldr.
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