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

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.

Senator Wyden is proposing protection for Cathedral Hills Natural and Recreation Area
Cathedral Hills—a 560 acre BLM woodland minutes from downtown Grants Pass—is a delight any time of year. We especially love it in the fall. Best of all, enjoying its numerous amenities won't cost you a dime. It's yours. The hitch—it's O&C 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.  The special management area is one 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 timber production. That's what's facing our Cathedral Hills Park. The 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 Congress for six years. Cave Junction businessman, 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 assure clean safe drinking water 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 on craigslist. See the listing here. The price is the same. Below is a description 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, we want to share some of the 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 the otherwise serious mood of the crowd. read more