Why your personal comment is important
We’ve added an optional comment box at the end of the petition form. Take a moment to say briefly why Cathedral Hills Park is important to you. It will personalize your support and make our petition stronger. Thank you for supporting permanent protection for Cathedral Hills Park.
About Cathedral Hills
Cathedral Hills is approximately 560 acres of federal public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It currently has no formal protection. Parts of the popular park have been proposed for logging and road construction. For example under Title III of House Bill H.R. 1526, parts of Cathedral Hills (the Sky Crest and Wild Rose Loops) would be transferred to a “trust” to be managed as private industrial forest land. It could be clearcut and sprayed with herbicides.
H.R. 1526 passed the House of Representatives in September of 2013. Title III is also known as the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act. It’s favored by the timber industry and the O&C Counties. Representative Greg Walden had vowed to pass the bill in 2015.
About the petition
The petition will be sent to Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Governor John Kitzhaber, Representatives Greg Walden and Peter DeFazio and Oregon State BLM Director Jerome Perez. Your name won’t be used for any other purpose. Keep up with what’s happening at Friends of Cathedral Hills Facebook page or at Kalmiopsis Wild.
Map of proposed Cathedral Hills Natural and Recreation Area
The November 3, 2014 draft of Senator Wyden’s O&C Land Grant Act of 2014 (S. 1784) proposed establishing the 560 acre Cathedral Hills Natural and Recreation Area (map below). However, the final version of S. 1784 did not include the Cathedral Hills Natural and Recreation Area.
Senator Wyden proposed managing Cathedral Hills for the purpose of protecting, preserving and enhancing its natural character and botanical, recreational, ecological, wildlife, scenic, drinking water, scientific and cultural values and to provide opportunities for primitive (non-motorized) recreation.