FSCR Joins California Wild Heritage Campaign
Friends of the Santa Clara River, in late 2000, joined the California Wild Heritage Campaign (CWHC) after a presentation to our board of directors by Tim Allyn of the Sierra Club, one of the groups leading the campaign.
The CWHC is a new coalition formed out of two already successful campaigns: Wildlands 2000 and the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. The goals of the campaign are to protect roadless areas and rivers across the state. A wilderness bill is expected to result from the campaign, to be carried by Senator Barbara Boxer in 2002.
Sections of Sespe, Santa Paula and Piru creeks have been proposed for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Dams cannot be built on Wild and Scenic Rivers and certain activities such as mining are more restricted. FSCR recently obtained over 160 signatures in support of protection for the three creeks at the Salmon Run, a 5 kilometer walk/run event sponsored by Patagonia. More signature-gathering efforts are anticipated.