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News, Alerts and Stories of People and Places in Kalmiopsis Country

Grants Pass Courier endorses Oregon Caves expansion
In a June 25th editorial, the Grants Pass Courier endorsed the Oregon Caves expansion. Calling the National Monument the "crown jewel of Josephine County," the  Courier editorial says it's time to act on legislation that's been floating around Congress for six years. Cave Junction businessman,
Expanding protection for Oregon Caves National Monument
Like most places, we have our prophets of doom in Southwest Oregon. They oppose just about everything—even the most modest proposals, such as a bill expanding protection for the Oregon Caves National Monument. The legislation will help assure clean safe drinking water for the
Kalmiopsis Wilderness Emily Camp inholding for sale again
This post is updated from May 2013. Then Emily Camp (a private inholding in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness) was listed for sale by a realtor. The owner now has it listed on craigslist. See the listing here. The price is the same. Below is a description
Senator Wyden’s Grants Pass town hall meeting
Local coverage of Senator Wyden's Grants Pass town hall failed to capture important issues raised by the estimated 150 people who attended.  In recognition of the many who traveled from the Applegate and Illinois Valley's to be heard, we want to share some of the
Senator Wyden proposes Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area
Senator Ron Wyden's O&C Land Grant Act of 2013, S.1784, would establish the Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area. Described as a little biological gem, the area is big on rare plants and wildlife rich woodlands. Here wild salmon come back from the ocean
Illinois Valley residents don’t trust the O&C Trust Act
Over 100 Illinois Valley residents packed the Cave Junction Community Building on September 24th to hear Congressman Peter DeFazio explain the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act. Protestors waved signs and giant tree puppets provided levity to the otherwise serious mood of the crowd.
Labrador Fire closes Wild and Scenic Illinois River Corridor
Update July 29th: The Wild and Scenic Illinois River Corridor, the Illinois River Road (FS Road 4103) and the Sixmile Creek Road (FS Road 5105) are closed and now subject to a closure order. Read the closure order here. Correction July 27th 9:00 p.m.  The Rogue
Labrador Fire: A sensible fire fighting plan
The Labrador Fire is burning across from Oak Flat on the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. Oak Flat is a small group of private inholdings surrounded by the Siskiyou National Forest portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. During the 2002 Biscuit Fire, Oak Flat
Labrador Fire at 300 acres
The latest update for the Labrador Fire (10:55 a.m.) can be found on the SWOFire website.  It was at 300 acres. The latest (10:30 a.m.) information about Southwest Oregon fires in general is here. The Whiskey complex on the Umpqua National Forest was at around 1000
Labrador Fire on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
A dry lightning storm rolled across Southwest Oregon early Friday morning. The storm left in its wake numerous small fires. A good source of information about the fires is ODF's SWOFire website. There's a 3 p.m. update on the Labrador Fire and an update on
Wild and Scenic Illinois River protected from mining
It's official. On June 27th, the Department of Interior approved continued protection for 14 miles of Oregon's Wild and Scenic Illinois River from mining. The previous mineral withdrawal was set to expire on June 30th. The action closes 14 miles of the popular river to mining for
Ask Secretary of Interior to protect the Wild & Scenic Illinois River from mining
Correction 6/24/2013: We've just learned the withdrawal order for the Scenic Illinois River is on the desk of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of Interior and not Secretary Jewell's. Nonetheless, an email to Secretary Jewell asking her to support
Recommended Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion to be logged
Please ask BLM's State Director not to award the Sampson Cove timber sale before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals makes its final decision. You can help with a phone call or email and a simple message (see below). The timber sale would log and
An economic model for Oregon’s beautiful Illinois River Valley?
Updated March 31, 2013—Trail towns in the East—that provide unique recreation opportunities and take care of the environment—are flourishing, even in an otherwise economically depressed region. Now, two communities in the State of Jefferson are starting their own rails-to-trails project. Is there a similar
People who matter – Remembering Kathie Durbin
Update 5/24/2013: See new comment below.  Kathie Durbin sadly passed away on March 15th. She's someone who mattered. For those who knew her, wished they'd known her better or have no idea who she was, I recommend Andy Kerr's beautiful tribute at Oregon Wild's blog and