Stand Up for Public Lands!


In the midst of the ridiculous scene unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, bigger, darker, and more intelligent forces are working to give away our public lands.  Our public lands, our National Forests, our Wildlife Refuges, our National Parks, our Wild and Scenic Rivers, these are cherished and revered places across the Northwest.  They … Continue reading Stand Up for Public Lands!

Mt. June/Hardesty Mountain Roadless Area Threatened with Old-Growth Clearcutting


 Some of our favorite hikes here at Cascadia Wildlands wind through the Hardesty Mountain Roadless Area just southeast of Eugene.  Hardesty is one of the closest old-growth, roadless areas you can access from Eugene, and is a favorite of hikers and mountain bikers alike.  We have worked for years to safeguard this area for its … Continue reading Mt. June/Hardesty Mountain Roadless Area Threatened with Old-Growth Clearcutting

Bull of the Woods High Point: Battle Ax Mountain


Guest Post by John Williams (at right)   Bull of the Woods and Opal Creek share a boundary, so I thought they would make a good start. Battle Ax Mountain is the highest point in Bull of the Woods Wilderness at 5,566 feet. The trail to the top of Battle Ax Mountain is straightforward once … Continue reading Bull of the Woods High Point: Battle Ax Mountain

Of Zombies, Zane Grey and Western Rivers


By Bob Ferris I became convinced yesterday that actors who play zombies in movies learned their walking techniques from fly fishermen wading in swift rivers on slippery and slimy cobble.  I came to that conclusion as I “gingerly” crossed the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River—it is all in the balance … Continue reading Of Zombies, Zane Grey and Western Rivers

Fantastic Fourth Float


To celebrate the recent passage of the suction dredging bill and in an effort to remove myself from the computer, a friend of mine Kyle who works for a local watershed council and I decided to paddle down the Willamette River from Eugene to Independence Oregon, just south of Salem.  Growing up paddling in the … Continue reading Fantastic Fourth Float