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Call to Action: Volunteers Needed!
Summertime is officially underway and HCPC is in need of “ground-truthing” volunteers. What is “ground-truthing”? It’s a term we use for getting out in the field and monitoring current impacts to the places we care about from a variety of threats.
This summer we’re in need of volunteers for the following ground-truthing projects:
Where: West Eagle Meadows, adjacent to the Eagle Cap wilderness boundary on the La Grande District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
When: Late July through early October
Why: This pristine backcountry meadow and beloved campground area with a popular trail leading into the Eagle Cap wilderness has a history of livestock trespass. Cattle are not authorized to be in the meadow or beyond the wilderness boundary but nevertheless have a history of drifting in from adjacent pastures. This unauthorized use has negative effects to the fragile, wet meadow ecosystem and its meandering stream, which is home for rare and declining fish.
So if you’re looking for a reason to visit this beautiful backcountry meadow or are planning a hike up to Echo Lake, contact Jennifer Schwartz,email@example.com, for how you can monitor to protect this special place!
Where: Deduct Pond trailhead, north end of the South Fork Walla Walla River on the Walla Walla District of the Umatilla National Forest
When: July through November
Why: This area is on the northern end of a large inventoried roadless area that is contiguous with the Wenaha Tucannon wilderness and provides crucial habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife. In 2010, HCPC filed a lawsuit to ensure the Forest Service was adequately protecting the North and South Forks of the Walla Walla River and the threatened fish that inhabit those rivers from the negative ecological effects of Off-Highway Vehicle (“OHV”) use. Because the Forest Service has limited resources to ensure motorized recreational users stay on designated trails, we’re seeking volunteers to monitor this area for unauthorized OHV use.
The South Fork Walla Walla River trail is a spectacular trail for hiking and mountain biking, so if you’d like to visit this area and help HCPC while you do, contact Jennifer Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details on how you help!
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan Decision - Take Action
New map shows Travel Plan leaves plenty of access.
Speak up for the needs of wildlife, native fish, and quiet recreation. Keep up your support for a strong decision!
Wild Connections - View
This film by Green Fire Productions takes you on a tour of Hells Canyon, and shows the issues facing the greater Hells Canyon-Wallowas ecosystem along with the history of HCPC.