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Love Runs Deep For “Deep Creek”

September 29, 2010

Bill Reeves wants to protect his favorite fishing hole, and he's gone all the way to Washington, D.C., to do it. He and hundreds of other wilderness advocates are in the nation's capitol for Wilderness Week. They hope to convince Congress to pass pending wilderness legislation, like the California Desert Protection Act. The bill includes designating Deep Creek as a "Wild and Scenic River."

Reeves says there's a reason his favorite fishing hole has already earned the state's designation as a "Wild Trout Stream."

"This stream hasn't been stocked for over 40 years, all the trout were born there. Actually, when Christopher Columbus landed, there were no trout in there but rainbow trout, and brown trout were introduced about 100 years ago, and they've done well."

The creek runs from the San Bernardino Mountains in to the Mojave River, with the popular Pacific Crest Trail following the river for more than 20 miles. Deep Creek is home to the endangered Southwestern Arroyo Toad and supports the greatest diversity of wildlife habitats of any drainage on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Reeves says Deep Creek is not only popular with fisherman and those who enjoy the water.

"There's hikers, there's birdwatchers, there's motorcyclists, off-road vehicle people, horseback riders, all kinds of people that enjoy the stream. And I've enjoyed it my whole life and I'd like to see my great, great grandkids enjoying it as I have."

In declaring September as National Wilderness Month, President Obama has called on all Americans to help ensure that future generations can experience America's natural places.

More info at www.wilderness.org and http://californiadesert.org/places/deep_creek_and_holcomb_creek.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA