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Schrader Reintroduces Bill to Preserve Molalla River

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today reintroduced the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as “recreational” under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Receiving this designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social, and cultural impact to local communities. The Senate passed Schrader’s language today to protect these segments of the Molalla River as a Wild & Scenic River as part of a bipartisan public lands package which included a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

“The Molalla River is one of Oregon’s great natural treasures and ought to be preserved for the next generations to enjoy,” said Rep. Schrader. “My legislation will preserve the beauty, history, and ecosystem of the river while also providing badly needed economic benefits to our region through increased tourism and recreational opportunities. I applaud the Senate for the inclusion of my legislation in their bipartisan package, and I look forward to continuing that work here in the House.”

The Congressman introduced this bill during his first term in the 111th Congress after collaborating with community leaders, law enforcement, local officials, sportsmen, recreational users and citizens of Molalla, who all came together with a shared goal to preserve and protect the river for future generations. The bill passed in the House during the 111th Congress with bipartisan support and Rep. Schrader has reintroduced it every Congress since coming to office. Oregonian Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter DeFazio are original cosponsors of the bill in the 116th Congress.