KLCC Hikes into Devil’s Staircase


KLCC Radio by Rachael McDonald On August 22, Cascadia Wildlands led KLCC reporter Rachael McDonald down into the proposed Devil's Staircase Wildernes. We got her down and back in one day with only minor bruises and scrapes. She put together a radio segment that that showcases this unique area in the Oregon Coast Range that … Continue reading KLCC Hikes into Devil’s Staircase

U.S. Senate Passes Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Bill


By Tiffany Eckert June 20, 2013   A 30-thousand acre block of primeval rainforest is one step closer to permanent protection. Wednesday the U.S Senate voted unanimously to pass the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act.   Conservation groups have been working to designate the devil’s staircase as “wilderness” since the 1980’s.  It’s considered the most pristine … Continue reading U.S. Senate Passes Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Bill

Press Release: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Passes Senate Through Unanimous Consent


For immediate release June 20, 2013 Contact: Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.434.1463 Washington, DC — The US Senate has approved the creation of the 30,500-acre Devil’s Staircase Wilderness through unanimous consent, marking a major milestone in the long-running effort to protect this spectacular wild area in Oregon’s Coast Range. The Devil’s Staircase area is named … Continue reading Press Release: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Passes Senate Through Unanimous Consent

Wilderness bills — again


Wyden’s chairmanship could help win approval February 16, 2013   The Register-Guard In a move reminiscent of the movie “Groundhog Day,” Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a flurry of wilderness bills this week that were nearly identical to measures introduced in the last session. And the one before that. And the one … Continue reading Wilderness bills — again

Press Release: Congress Feels the Love for Oregon’s Natural Treasures


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2013 Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands (541) 844-8182 Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild (503) 283-6343, ext. 202 Pete Wallstrom, Momentum River Expeditions (541) 488-2525 Portland, Oregon   –   A coalition of Oregon conservation organizations is applauding efforts by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to re-introduce a package of protections for several natural … Continue reading Press Release: Congress Feels the Love for Oregon’s Natural Treasures

Pass a Public Lands Bill: Preserving Wilderness Should be a Bipartisan Priority


by the Register-Guard editorial board There aren’t many issues on which Democrats and Republicans can agree these days, but one of them should be the importance of preserving the wilderness that provides refuge, preserves intact ecosystems and symbolizes the rugged nature of the American character. The Wilderness Act was signed by President Johnson in 1964. … Continue reading Pass a Public Lands Bill: Preserving Wilderness Should be a Bipartisan Priority

Devil’s Staircase: Recent Updates


November 10, 2011: Devil's Staircase legislation is marked up and passed out of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. October 25, 2011: Devil's Staircase receives positive hearing in House Natural Resources subcommittee.   October 5, 2011: Governor Kitzhaber submits his "Crown Jewels" nominations to the Department of Interior. Included in the letter are … Continue reading Devil’s Staircase: Recent Updates

Devil’s Staircase: More Info


Waterfalls, old-growth rainforest, Pacific giant salamanders, roadless country, solitude. Find them all in the proposed Devil's Staircase Wilderness — a priceless wild area located in the heart of the central Oregon Coast Range, northeast of Reedsport, Oregon. The Devil's Staircase area has one of the greatest concentrations of primary rainforest in the Coast Range. It … Continue reading Devil’s Staircase: More Info

Protect Devil’s Staircase


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 … Continue reading Protect Devil’s Staircase