Andy Kerr

Conservationist, Writer, Analyst, Operative, Agitator, Strategist, Tactitian, Schmoozer, Raconteur

Proposed Wilderness Boundaries

Suggested Citation: Kerr, Andy. 2000. Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 35.

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The boundaries of the proposed wilderness and special management areas have yet to be legislated by Congress. In many instances, it is quite legal (but not moral) to do things in these areas that wouldn't be allowed after enactment of the Oregon Desert Conservation Act—actions such as driving motor vehicles, mining, grazing livestock, and so on. Even in the wilderness study areas designated by the BLM, it may be legal to drive on the "ways" (vehicle paths that don't qualify as roads).

The boundaries were drawn to ensure the long-term ecological protection and restoration of the Oregon Desert. In those cases in which you could (physically and legally) drive farther, please don't. You may be walking along on a route described in this book and be overtaken by a motorcraft. Let it slide, and take solace in being ahead of your time. Remember to contact your elected officials when you return home.