Statement for the Record
Department of the Interior
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on National Parks
November 4, 2009
Thank you for inviting the Department of the Interior to testify on S. 1369, the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supports S. 1369.
S. 1369 proposes to designate 15.1 miles of the
Wild and scenic rivers are designated by Congress in one of three categories: wild, scenic, or recreational.Differing management proscriptions apply for each of these designations.S. 1369 specifies that these river segments be classified as recreational.This classification is consistent with the strong recreational values of this area, as well as the presence of roads along the course of the river segments and numerous dispersed campsites along its shorelines.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of these important Oregon designations.The Department of the Interior looks forward to welcoming these units into the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System.