I want to thank Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley for introducing the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013. This bill, an Oregon rivers bill, enhances protection for the Chetco, Mollala, Rogue and John Day Rivers.
When passed by Congress, Oregon Treasures will designate areas along and adjacent to the John Day River as wilderness. Additional areas will be available for public enjoyment, more campsites along a popular stretch of the river will be possible, and user conflicts will decrease.
The Oregon Treasures Act represents a forward thinking approach to conservation in Oregon. I hope that Wyden and Merkley are given the recognition and thanks that their efforts deserve.