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

Pronounced Kal-me-op-sis, it’s a one-of-a-kind aggregation of free-flowing rivers, wild watersheds, pure waters, unique wetlands & rare plants and it’s threatened as never before.

Kalmiopsis Country | the last best unprotected wild rivers and wild lands along America’s West Coast

Home to three National Wild and Scenic Rivers and five eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers, the wild country of the Kalmiopsis provides pristine habitat for wild salmon and steelhead populations. It includes Oregon’s two largest unprotected National Forest Roadless Areas (the North and South Kalmiopsis). And this complex, unique ecoregion 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.

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 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 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 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  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 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 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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more