The Wild Bunch, Cont.

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

Outside magazine, September 1999

The Wild Bunch, Cont.
Why stop at 12? There's plenty more where those came from.



COPPER RIVER DELTA: Wetland habitat for ten million shore birds at the feet of Alaska's Chugach Mountains (730,000 acres)

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST: Part of the forest including Alaskan fjords, tidewater glaciers, and pink salmon runs (3.8 million acres)


COPPER SALMON: Feeding three of Oregon's prime salmon rivers (Elk, Sixes, and Coquille) (12,000 acres)

KETTLE RANGE: Including Washington's 60-mile Kettle Crest Trail—territory for wolves and the three-toed woodpecker (27,000 acres)

ROARING RIVER: Douglas fir and western red cedar in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest (27,000 acres)

STEENS MOUNTAIN: In Oregon, sage-covered steppe and the largest fault-block in North America (612,000 acres)


BIGHORN BASIN: Geologists' wonderland of deep draws, redrock canyons, and chalk cliffs, in Wyoming (325,000 acres)

COLORADO CANYONLANDS: Steep canyons on the Rockies' west slope including sections of the Yampa, Colorado, Dolores, and Gunnison Rivers (1.4 million acres)

JAMES PEAK: The largest unprotected roadless area in Colorado's sprawl-threatened Front Range (22,000 acres)

SPANISH PEAKS: East and West Peaks, and 250 ancient volcanic freestanding walls in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains (18,000 acres)

WIND RIVER BASIN: Eagle territory (bald and golden) including Poison Creek, Sweetwater River, and Whiskey Mountain, in Wyoming (52,000 acres)


BEAVER PARK: Box canyons and yellow pine trees threatened by an impending lumber sale on the north edge of South Dakota's Black Hills (5,040 acres)

CACHE CREEK: Chaparral and oak wetlands and a winter home for bald eagles, in California (100,000 acres)

LITTLE MISSOURI BADLANDS: A proposed oil well could spoil this bison- and bighorn-rich piece of North Dakota (45,000 acres)

OTAY MOUNTAIN: Rare Tecate cypress and Mexican flannel bush on the California border with Mexico (18,500 acres)

OWYHEE CANYONLANDS: One of the largest undeveloped swaths in the lower 48, in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada (2 million acres)

PLATTE RIVER COUNTRY: Prairie falcon habitat and critical winter range for moose and elk in Wyoming (125,000 acres)


BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK: Pure Texas Chihuahuan Desert and its esoteric inhabitants: roadrunners, Couch's spadefoot toad, and mosquito fish (533,900 acres)

BLUE RANGE: The heart of the Mexican gray wolf's habitat in Arizona (up to 600,000 acres, being inventoried)

RIO CHAMA HEADWATERS: New Mexican landscape that inspired both Georgia O'Keeffe and rare desert bighorns to come back (5,918 acres)

ROBLEDO MOUNTAINS/LAS UVAS COMPLEX: New Mexican cliffs, caves, and dinosaur tracks (210,000 acres)


APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE:One of the densest populations of black bear in the U.S., in Lake Superior off Wisconsin (42,140 acres)

NORTHWOODS BIOSPHERE RESERVE: Proposed corridor for loons and lynx in Upper Michigan, northern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin (acreage currently being inventoried)


WILD RIVER: Critical habitat for migrating songbirds in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire (32,000)


CRAWFISH VALLEY: Largest roadless area in Virginia (18,659 acres)

HUNTING CAMP-LITTLE WOLF CREEK: Prime trout streams and seven miles of the Appalachian Trail, Virginia (8,500 acres)

KELLY RIDGE-MOCCASIN CREEK: Appalachian Trail and old-growth buckeye trees in Georgia (12,000 acres)

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST:The view from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina (405,863 acres)

THE PRIEST FOREST: Remote southeastern corner of the George Washington National Forest, Virginia (5,726 acres)

TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST: Southern tip of the Appalachians in Alabama, including the 102-mile Pinhoti Trail (381,914 acres)

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