One of the concerns of the Chemeketans is the appropriate management and conservation of National Forest lands. We are regularly invited to provide comment on the management plans developed by government agencies for areas where Chemeketan members regularly hike, climb, backpack, boat and ski. The Conservation Committee keeps track of developments in the parks, forests and streams of Oregon that could affect the pleasure of Chemeketan outings. The Committee addresses those conservation issues that are of interest to members and initiates action, under council guidance, when and where practical. Members of the Committee work with the major conservation organizations and government bodies that are active in the Willamette Valley and Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, such as the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Ranger Districts of Suislaw, Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests, Oregon Natural Resources Council and the North Santiam Watershed Council.
In past years the Committee has been focused on the protection of Opal Creek and its
adjacent environment. The committee has also played an active role in responding to
proposed developments at Silver Falls State Park and has provided input into the master
planning process for this park. The committee will continue to monitor implementation of
the Silver Falls plans and provide comment, if necessary, to assure the protection of the
scenic and recreation values of Oregon's largest state park. The welfare of Opal Creek and
Silver Falls are of major concern to the Chemeketans because they are the closest natural
setting recreation areas to Salem. Also the management of Salem's watershed resources has
been a recent focus and concern.
revised 18 May 2008