Many deserve credit for Waldo vote

Letter to the Editor in the Register-Guard

July 30, 2013

During its recent session the Legislature banned gas motors, including float planes, on Waldo Lake, finally bringing peace and quiet to a 20-year debate. From now on, everyone can enjoy Waldo Lake with clean, weed-free boats with no motors (or an electric motor if you travel under 10 mph) for generations to come.

Much of the credit for that historic decision belongs to those who attended countless hearings over the years. Whether in favor of motors or against them, people cared enough to get involved and share their interests. 

I especially appreciate our state partners and thank the volunteers and staff at the Marine Board, the governor’s office, state parks, Aviation Board and Legislature. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege, demonstrating how federal and state governments can work together.

Also on my list to commend are the Sierra Club, Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands, groups that long held vigil. We’ve demonstrated that although we may not agree on everything all the time, we can still work together.

Finally, I send my highest regards to one of our own, Willamette National Forest employee Brian McGinley. He exemplifies what’s best about our employees — hardworking, dedicated, knowledgeable and willing to engage with people. He’s been the expert on Waldo Lake for the past 20 years.

Meg Mitchell, Supervisor Willamette National Forest, Springfield, Oregon