A Unique Opportunity to Protect the Wild & Scenic Illinois River from the 1872 Mining Law
In 1992, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew nearly 4,300 acres along the Wild and Scenic Illinois River from the Mining Law to protect the scenic, recreation and fish and wildlife values of this national treasure. Unless it is extended, that withdrawal expires in June 2013. The BLM is accepting public comments until October 31, 2012 on a 20-year extension of this mineral withdrawal to continue protection on the Illinois River between Deer Creek and the mouth of Briggs Creek.
Unless the mineral withdrawal is extended, mining will take precedent over all other uses on this scenic section of the Illinois with disastrous results for the river and the public.
Take Action for the Illinois River:
We the undersigned value and enjoy the Wild and Scenic Illinois River in southwest Oregon. We support the Bureau of Land Management's proposal to extend, for another 20 years, the existing withdrawal of this national treasure from the 1872 Mining Law in order to protect its outstanding water quality, scenic, recreation, fish, and botanical values.
971 total signers.