Monday, June 15, 2009

Burke Branch Winderness Designation

The Shawnee Chapter of the Sierra Club is looking for people to help conduct a survey of the Burke Branch area:

Wilderness Survey – Can you Help?

One of the main obstacles to moving forward with our longstanding Wilderness proposal for Burke Branch is the Forest Service insistence that the area doesn’t qualify for Wilderness designation because it contains too many roads and too many pines. We dispute the validity of these claims, but we need documentation to prove that Burke Branch not only qualifies as Wilderness, but deserves to be protected as such.

To that end the Illinois Chapter Shawnee Wilderness Campaign is organizing a one-day photo documentation survey of this huge, 6000+ acre area, which is located in far southeastern Illinois. To cover this ground and accomplish the task in one day we need a cadre of strong hikers with digital cameras.

The survey will take place on Monday, June 29 beginning at 8 a.m. Specific logistics will be determined after we know how many people we have participating. To sign up for this unique opportunity to help out the Wilderness Campaign please contact Barb McKasson at 618-529-4824 as soon as possible. (You may also contact Terri Treacy at, but she will not be able to respond until June 23). For those of you traveling a distance also let Barb know if you will need a place to camp or lodging recommendations.

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