Meadow Creek roadless area

© John McCarthy
Meadow Creek

Meadow Creek and the Meadow Creek Trail. © John McCarthy


Meadow Creek is a long pristine drainage immediately to the west of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The two are contiguous -- one wilderness in all but legal protection. The area should have been added to the Selway-Bitterroot when the River of No Return Wilderness was established. That Act, which created the River of No Return Wilderness, also added a few roadless areas to the existing Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

© John McCarthy
Deep forest in Meadow Creek Canyon

Unfortunately, Idaho conservationists now have to fight off proposals to log this large (200,000 acre) pristine watershed. So far little logging has taken place, but there are plans to log the steep, and therefore more erodable, headwaters.

Outside links to Meadow Creek and Weitas Creek roadless area pages.

Meadow Creek roadless area/ text by Ralph Maughan/ rev. April 15, 2004

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