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Deeper into wilderness issues: with help from volunteers, BLM, Forest Service, industry.

In the past five years, citizen efforts on behalf of wilderness have become quite expert in every state in the West. Wildlife, recreation, and conservation groups that once spoke independently have formed coalitions, pooling their efforts and knowledge to fight for wilderness (see our cover article, starting on page 94).

Working almost entirely with volunteers, they have compiled data and recommendations that legislators, and Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management unanimously laud. Now they're also making a pitch to educate the public. We list information pertinent to our California, Nevada, and Mountain States readers wanting to learn more about the issues. Include a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope with all queries. Conferences and workshops

April 28, Salt Lake City. Utah Wilderness Association hosts annual workshop, with slide shows and presentations by biologists, BLM and Forest Service experts. Hours: 9 to 5. Ladies' Literary Club, 850 E. South temple. Admission: about $5.

May 19 and 20, near Burns, Oregon. Workshops on developing wilderness preservation skills (working with maps, building a constituency, working with the press) will be given in Desert Conference VI, with focus on Idaho, Oregon, Nevada. Place: Malheur Field Station, Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Don Tryon, Sage Association, Box 85, Powell Butte, Ore. 97753; (503) 447-3508.

June 15 and 16, Yellowstone National Park. Discussion topics will include potential wilderness additions to Greater Yellowstone and the future of the grizzly bear in this area. Register with Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Box 657, Helena, Mont, 59624; (406) 443-3880. Books, slide shows, newsletters

Here we list only publications and slide shows that specifically deal with wilderness issues in each state.

California. California Wilderness Coalition, 2655 Portage Bay ave., Suite 3, Davis 95616, will send you a free 1981 BLM land status map that identifies the state's roadless areas. Wilderness Record, the organization's bimonthly newsletter, examines public land issues throughout the state. subscription: $10. Descriptions of all 58 areas in california's House-passed wilderness bill, plus a state locator map, are free from the Wilderness Society, 278 Post St., Room 400, San Francisco 94108.

Colorado. Finding Freedom: A Guide to Colorado's Unknown Wildlands (Colorado Open Space Council, 2239 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 80206, 1983; $3) is a trip guide to 41 of 70 BLM study areas in Colorado, mentioning what to take if you visit the areas and noting USGS maps needed. Also, $25 membership includes, newsletters (The Conservator) on wilderness and land issues. Ask about slide shows: (303) 399-9453.

Nevada. The Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club has a free slide show and a brochure with map and descriptions (25 cents)--both about Forest Service wilderness proposals; write to the chapter at Box 8096, Reno 89507, or call (702) 323-3162. The Las Vegas group has the same information: write to Box 19777, Las Vegas 89132, or call Cheri Cinkoske, (702) 642-7238.

Nevada Outdoor Recreation Association publishes a quarterly on BLM wilderness actions for Nevada and elsewhere: $10 annually. Write to box 1245, Carson City 89702; (702) 883-1169.

Utah. Six times a year, Utah Wilderness Association publishes, a newsletter summarizing statewide environmental concerns, trips to roadless areas, conferences on wilderness. Subscription: $15 a year from UWA, 325 Judge Bldg., Salt Lake City 84111. Also ask for a free copy of its January-February 1984 issue, which summarizes Utah's current wilderness legislation, and ask for a free brochure titled 1984, the Year of Utah Wilderness?, which describes Forest Service roadless areas the UWA recommends for wilderness. BLM, Forest Service, industry guides

Two booklets explain the BLM and Forest Service wilderness planning: Saving the Solitude: A Guide to the BLM Wilderness Study Process, by James Catlin (Sierra Club, San Francisco, 1983; $3.25), and National Forest Planning: A Conservationist's Guide (1983; $1.25). National News Report tracks wilderness in all states, 30 times a year, for $15. Write to Sierra Club Information Services, 530 Bush St., San Francisco 94108.

BLM. You can request a free BLM map for your state, locating existing wilderness and wilderness study areas. Ask also to be added to the mailing list for BLM newsletters and any recommendations the state office makes about wilderness.

All state and many district BLM offices also have public affairs officers or wilderness specialists who, time permitting, will discuss good places to visit or answer other questions.

California BLM, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento 95825. Colorado BLM, 1037 20th St., Denver 80202. Nevada BLM, 300 Booth St., Box 12000, Reno 89520. Utah BLM, 136 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City 84111.

Forest Service. Regional offices can send you addresses for any national forest whose lands you especially wish to track. Then write to ask to be alerted to actions planned for roadless areas in that forest--proposed timber sales, road building, mining. You also can request to see the USFS 15- to 20-year plans; most are due to be published in 195 or 1986. Rangers at each forest (rather than regional offices) can usually suggest good roadless areas to visit in that forest.

Pacific Southwest Region NFS (California), 630 Sansome St., San Francisco 94111.

Rocky Mountain Region NFS (Colorado, Wyoming), 11177 W. Eighth Ave., Box 25127, Lakewood, Colo. 80225.

Information Region NFS (Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming's Bridger-Teton), Federal Building, 324 25th St., Ogden, Utah 84401.

Industry viewpoint. Write to Forest Industries of the West, 10580 S.W. McDonald, Suite 205, Tigard, Ore. 97223.
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