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


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.

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» 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» 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» 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» 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» 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» 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» 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» 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» 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» read more