|USFS and Enviros Push
For Mining Ban On Chetco River
seeks public input on proposed 5-year ban of mining on Chetco River
Local residents strongly supported banning future mining along the Chetco River during a forum Wednesday afternoon at the Best Western Inn.
The session, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, was intended for testimony on a proposal to prohibit mining near the river for five years – with the possible exception of existing claims.
Thirteen people testified in favor of the ban. No one spoke against it.
At issue is an application the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest submitted to the Bureau of Land Management. It requests the Secretary of the Interior to ban mining along 5,610 acres along the Chetco from where it exits the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to the Siskiyou National Forest boundary.
That 17-mile segment is in the upper portion of the river. The ban would extend inland for a quarter mile from the river’s banks.
Coming soon to a gold
bearing river near you: help keep the Chetco River open to mining!
Write a letter to the editor to the Curry Pilot to support mining:
You can also send a letter to the USFS Gold Beach Ranger Station at:
Attn. Alan Vandiver - District
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