Federal legislation would protect North Umpqua salmon habitat and Devil’s Staircase

The News-Review –

Nestled in the mammoth public lands package under consideration in the U.S. Senate this week are pieces of legislation that would protect two of Douglas County’s wild places.

One would create the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Management Area along a North Umpqua River stretch that’s world renowned among fly fishermen and women. It would be named for World War II veteran and fly fishing legend Frank Moore and his wife Jeanne Moore, of Idleyld Park.

Another piece of public lands legislation would create the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness, named for a waterfall in a remote old-growth rainforest north of Scottsburg.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon included both pieces of legislation in the Senate package, which cleared an early procedural vote this week and is still under consideration for a final vote. The public lands package includes more than 130 bills covering localized projects across the country, along with a provision to restore the Land and Conservation Water Fund, which allocates money from oil and gas leases on federal lands for recreation and conservation. The steelhead management area and the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness would also be protected under legislation introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, into the House this week.

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