Environmentalists propose a wilderness area around Crater Lake to prevent encroachments.
Following news of proposed helicopter tours over Crater Lake, environmental groups want to create a wilderness area around the lake to ensure its preservation.
The proposed Crater Lake Wilderness, covering some 450,000 acres, would ensure the "quiet beauty" of Crater Lake would be protected, and thwart an effort by a Bend firm to offer helicopter tours around the lake, said Erik Fernandez, wilderness coordinator for Portland-based Oregon Wild.
The proposed area, which would include the park and embrace the Sky Lakes Wilderness, Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, would create more wilderness connectivity, Fernandez said when announcing the proposal Thursday.
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