When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago, he helped create a mechanism to protect wilderness areas in the United States, and today, over 106 million acres of federal land are protected under that act. To acknowledge the achievement, Cascadia Wildlands will lead a hike into the Proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness on Saturday. The potential wilderness area is between the Umpqua and Smith rivers east of Reedsport, and its forests are home to Pacific giant salamanders, river otters, marbled murrelets, Chinook salmon and more. The hike is limited to 12 people, so for those who miss their chance this time, another hike will take place on Aug. 9.
The Proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Hike is all day Saturday, July 26. For more info & to pre-register, call 517-4906 or see cascwild.org. — Amy Schneider