Protecting the beautiful rivers, wild lands and legendary botanical diversity of Oregon's Kalmiopsis Country

THE KALMIOPSIS  | An American Treasure

The Kalmiopsis (pronounced Kal-me-op-sis) is a one-of-a-kind aggregation of free-flowing rivers, wild watersheds, pure waters, unique wetlands and rare plants. It’s the last best wild salmon stronghold on the West Coast—south of the Olympics. And it’s less than half protected. It’s time to finish the job.

Wild Rivers + Wild Salmon + Wild Lands + Legendary Rare Plant Diversity

The wild country of Southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis region is home to three National Wild and Scenic Rivers and five eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers. It provides pristine low gradient spawning and rearing habitat for at risk salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout populations. It includes Oregon’s two largest unprotected National Forest Roadless Areas (North Kalmiopsis and South Kalmiopsis) and is home to one of the highest concentrations of rare endemic plants in North America. If we allow it to be exploited for its low grade minerals and sparse timber, there will never be anything like it for us again.

Fall color and wild salmon on the Wild and Scenic Illinois River | Little Falls
The Wild and Scenic Illinois River, leaves civilization and heads into the wilds of Southwestern Oregon's Kalmiopsis backcountry. This is one of the most underappreciated, beautiful stretches of river on the West Coast and fall is one of read more
Oregon Caves National Monument Preserve celebrated
When Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve Superintendent Vicki Snitzler pointed to a ridge top marking the park's new boundary at a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 10th, a crowd that included Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley read more
Help permantely protect Cathedral Hills Park
Cathedral Hills Park is a 560 acre woodland minutes from downtown Grants Pass. It's to Grants Pass, what Central Park is to New City and a delight any time of year. Best of all, enjoying its numerous amenities won't read more
Senator Wyden proposes Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area
Described as a little biological gem, the proposed Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area is comprised of about 15,000 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management on the west side of the Illinois Valley. read more
Cathedral Hills Park is threatened. You can help.
Cathedral Hills is to Grants Pass as Central Park is to New York—or close to it. Only no one would think of constructing a 60 foot wide road through Central Park or managing it for timber production. That's read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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, read more
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 read more