Protecting the wild rivers and watersheds of Kalmiopsis country
Pronounced “Kal-me-op-sis,” this rugged wild area is home to three National Wild and Scenic Rivers—the Illinois, Chetco and North Fork Smith. Five at-risk tributaries of these rivers are “eligible” to be added to the National Wild and Scenic River System. Surrounding the protected Kalmiopsis Wilderness are irreplaceable botanical treasures and Oregon’s largest unprotected National Forest Roadless Areas—the North and South Kalmiopsis. This big, stark ancient land is a one-of-a-kind aggregation of beautiful free-flowing rivers, wild watersheds and rare plant communities. It’s threatened and vulnerable as never before.