The Wild Rogue River
The lower “Wild” Rogue River is one of the most stunning watersheds in the United States. It is an economic engine for local communities, contributing $30 million to the local economy in Josephine and surrounding counties.
Preserving this special treasure is important to fisheries, water quality, and community prosperity. This section of the river was one of the eight original rivers to be designated as a national treasure in 1968 when Congress passed the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. A portion of the Rogue Canyon was protected in 1978 as the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area, but much of this area remains unprotected today. The potential for mining or development still threatens this national treasure, and the time has come to protect the rest of the Wild Rogue’s roadless lands and free-flowing streams.
The Oregon Recreational Enhancement Act will compete protections for the lower Rogue, while ensuring that common sense fuels reduction and fire fighting continues in this important area. Please take action and let your elected leaders know that the Rogue needs to be protected now and for future generations.