As part of the anniversary celebration, the three Blue Mountain National Forests (Umatilla, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests) have introduced the Wilderness Passport Challenge for our back-country enthusiasts. The passport has a page for each of the seven wilderness areas in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington (Wenaha-Tucannon, North Fork Umatilla, North Fork John Day, Hells Canyon, Eagle Cap, Strawberry Mountain and Monument Rock).
“Each of the seven wilderness areas offers a unique contribution to our Nation’s Wilderness legacy. These are truly special places protected for the American people,” said Larry Randall, Forest Recreation Staff Officer.
To participate in the Blue Mountain Wilderness Passport Challenge, pick up a free passport at any of the three forest office locations; then get out there and enjoy your wilderness! Each time you visit one of the seven Wilderness areas, stop by any participating office to get your passport stamped with the distinctive stamp for that particular Wilderness area. Collect all seven stamps!
The passport challenge is just one way you can honor the celebration the Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary. For more information on 50th Wilderness anniversary events, visit the celebration website at www.wilderness50th.org, the Umatilla National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla or contact one of the following offices:
Umatilla National Forest Headquarters
Pendleton, Oregon (541) 278-3716
North Fork John Day Ranger District
Ukiah, Oregon (541) 427-3231
Walla Walla Ranger District
Walla Walla, Washington (509) 522-6290
Pomeroy Ranger District
Pomeroy, Washington (509) 843-1891