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

The Kalmiopsis is home to three National Wild and Scenic Rivers, five “eligible” Wild and Scenic Rivers and some of the last best wild salmon and steelhead trout populations on the West Coast. It includes Oregon’s two largest unprotected National Forest Roadless Areas (the South and North Kalmiopsis), the highest concentration of rare plants in state and one of the highest in North America. The wild country of the Kalmiopsis (pronounced Kal-me-op-sis) is big, stark and ancient. It’s a one-of-a-kind aggregation of beautiful free-flowing rivers, wild watersheds and rare plants and it’s threatened 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 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 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