Hiking BLM old growth stands in Western Oregon

It’s one thing to talk about Western Oregon old growth, but it’s another to hike in it. Last weekend seemed like an appropriate time to get out there onto BLM land, considering that the the agency just wrapped up the public comment period on the WOPR.

Wolf Creek Falls
 KP and I headed to Wolf Creek Falls, about 20 miles east of Roseburg and hiked the 1.3 mile trail back to the falls. The trail crosses over the Little River, a small tributary on the North Fork of the Umqua River, and winds along Wolf Creek through a giant old growth Douglas Fir, Cedar and Big Leaf Maples.

Wolf Creek Falls

 These are the kind of riparian areas and old growth the BLM wants to roll back protections on under Alternative II. That means, if they’re clear cutting this old growth or the hillsides above the streams, sediment will be rolling down these creeks and into the famed, beloved (and sparse on fish to begin with this year, supposedly) North Fork of the Umpqua River.

Wolf Creek Falls

Check out the size of those firs!


About mstansberry

Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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3 Responses to Hiking BLM old growth stands in Western Oregon

  1. David says:

    I want to go there. I want to hop in that river…

  2. Chris says:

    I visited the trail on the 9th. I just love winter waterfalls, you can feel the energy from all that water flowing. Im going to be angry if BLM goes through with it. I visit the trail often and enjoy it very much so.

  3. Lou says:

    Dude, nice work on this blog! What kind of camera are you using for those pictures. Keep walking, it makes you fit!

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