Friday, February 10, 2012

Chetco River Revisited: A rare glimpse of a wild river

Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Representative Peter DeFazio introduced the Chetco River Protection Act in 2011. It's based on recommendations the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest made to Congress in 1993.  One of the recommendations is to reclassify two miles of the Wild and Scenic Chetco River from "Scenic" to "Wild."

Get a  unique preview of this beautiful, seldom seen stretch river between Boulder and Mislatnah Creek as Allen Wilson, Tim Palmer, Ann Vileisis and Oregon Field Guide go against the flow in an up river journey on, "Chetco River Revisited."

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act defines Wild River Areas as:
Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted. These represent vestiges of primitive America.
No one can argue this rugged stretch of the Chetco isn't a "Wild" River in every way.

Tim Palmer:
It's not too many places today that you get to have a true adventure. The Earth is so tracked and traveled, it's rare to have a place, especially in our own state of Oregon, where very few people go.
There are no roads. Not even a trail follows the river. It was obviously hard work, but worth it.

Most of us will never see this reach of the Chetco, but knowing there are remote wild places like it is rewarding in itself—especially when the adventurous bring some of the wildness back to share with the rest of us.

Note: Chetco River Revisited also features short clips of Zach Collier, Andy Maser, J. R. Weir and Billy Miller's  2011 Chetco River kayak trip—from Slide Creek, deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, to the Steel Bridge on the Scenic section. Read more about the trip and see more video.