Officials debate plan for new Central Oregon recreation area

Local leaders oppose Oregon Wild’s plan for a 312,000-acre rec area.

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So far, Oregon Wild’s plan for a 312,000-acre national recreation area mainly in the Ochoco National Forest — the Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area — has encountered opposition from local leaders. The plan includes 26,000 acres of new wilderness. The Prineville City Council voted unanimously to oppose the plan last week. Crook County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose the plan, signing a letter addressed to Oregon’s congressional delegation.

… The proposals and their varied response show there is no “one-size-fits-all approach” for wilderness, said Dan Morse, conservation director for the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

(READ MORE: Bend Bulletin)

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