The plan would cordon off 100,000 acres of federal land, nixing possibilities for a proposed nickel mine near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
From the Salem Statesman-Journal:
The proposed mineral withdrawal would add five more years to the existing two-year moratorium on exploration already in place, on upper sections of Baldface Creek, Rough and Ready Creek, the Pistol River and Hunter Creek.
The withdrawal falls in line with congressional legislation proposed last year by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to protect the area’s pristine nature.