Wilderness protection and Wild and Scenic River status for the nearby Lewis River would keep this ancient forest intact.
miles north of the Columbia River, nestled between Mt. St. Helens
and Mt. Adams, lies the Dark Divide Roadless Area. With approximately
76,000 acres of intact roadless land, it represents a unique topographic
region unduplicated by any other protected roadless area in Washington's
southern Cascades. The southern portion of the area drains into
the Lewis River, which was named for Meriwether Lewis.
Despite recent logging, the area provides prime terrain for horseback
riding, hunting, hiking and backpacking. Sierra Club volunteers
and organizers have worked to focus public attention on the benefits
of the Dark Divide by going door-to-door, holding community gatherings,
tabling at community fairs and festivals, and conducting conservation
outings. In September of 2003, The Columbian -- the newspaper serving
Clark County -- wrote an editorial in full support of permanent
protection of the Dark Divide Roadless Area. During Sierra Club's
Vancouver Community Gathering in November 2003, Congressman Brian
Baird was a guest speaker and 145 people attended to show their
dissatisfaction with the Bush administration's environmental rollbacks
and their enthusiasm about permanently protecting the Dark Divide.
you can do: Please write to Representative Brian Baird and urge
him to continue working to permanently protect special places in
the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, like the Dark Divide: Rep.
Brian Baird, U.S. House of Representatives, 1220 Main Street, Suite
360, Vancouver, WA 98660.
For more information, contact Shannon Harps at Shannon.Harps@sierraclub.org
or (206) 378-0114 ext. 306.
Photo: View of Mt. Adams from the Dark Divide Roadless Area, courtesy Kurt Wieland.