Protect Devil's Staircase, Oregon Caves and Rogue River?

Protect Devil's Staircase, Oregon Caves and Rogue River?
Don't expect to get here on a day hike.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon congressional members have proposed new protections for three areas in southwest Oregon.

A series of bills introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio seek wilderness designation for nearly 30,000 acres in the Siuslaw National Forest known as the Devil's Staircase.

The area is a Coast Range forest so steep and rugged that it has escaped logging for much of the past century.


Photos courtesy Cascadia Wildlands Project

The bills introduced on Tuesday would expand Oregon Caves National Monument by more than 4,000 acres. They would also add nearly 143 miles of tributaries in the lower Rogue River basin to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Similar legislation was proposed last year but failed to win passage.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press)