THE KALMIOPSIS WILDLANDS | An American Treasure
The Kalmiopsis (pronounced Kal-me-op-sis) is a one-of-a-kind aggregation of beautiful wild rivers, Jeffrey pine savannas, unique wetlands, and some of the rarest plants on earth. It’s one of the last best wild salmon stronghold on America’s West Coast, outside of Alaska. For millennia the rugged Kalmiopsis region has served as a climate refuge for species from surrounding regions. The foundational elements—the serpentine geology, climatic forces, and antiquity—that make the Kalmiopsis Wildlands truly unique are also responsible for its greatest threat—nickel strip mines. Learn about the effort to prevent nickel mining in Southwest Oregon.