No place better represents what the Oregon Coast Range once looked like than Devil's Staircase. Named for the iconic cascading waterfall on Wasson Creek, which tumbles through magnificent old-growth forests, into the lower Smith River then the lower Umpqua River, Devil's Staircase's beauty is unrivaled. Yet it remains unprotected, and was recently threatened with clearcutting by the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that oversees part of its management.
This remarkable area, which houses centuries-old conifer forests and a host of endangered species, has been proposed for Wilderness since the 1980s, but has never received the protection it deserves. Cascadia Wildlands is working with a potent coalition to designate the 30,000-acre forested area as Oregon's next Wilderness and Wasson Creek as a Wild and Scenic waterway to ensure it is safeguarded forever. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) continue to champion the respective bills through Congress. For more information click here. Please see recent updates.
- Wyden, Merkley Introduce New Oregon Wilderness Bill June 29, 2015
- “The Future of Wilderness in Oregon,” a Community Forum on Feb. 4 in Eugene January 27, 2015
- Advocates Vow to Protect Devil’s Staircase Wilderness September 2, 2014
- DeFazio Leads Effort to Get Obama to Protect Wilderness January 30, 2014
- Press Release: Sen. Wyden Drops Logging Turducken* Before Holiday November 26, 2013
- KLCC Hikes into Devil’s Staircase September 3, 2013
- U.S. Senate Passes Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Bill June 20, 2013
- Press Release: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Passes Senate Through Unanimous Consent June 20, 2013
- Wilderness bills — again February 18, 2013
- Press Release: Congress Feels the Love for Oregon’s Natural Treasures February 14, 2013
- Pass a Public Lands Bill: Preserving Wilderness Should be a Bipartisan Priority August 21, 2012
- Devil’s Staircase: Recent Updates June 5, 2012
- Devil’s Staircase: More Info June 5, 2012