THE KALMIOPSIS | An American Treasure
The Kalmiopsis (pronounced Kal-me-op-sis) is a one-of-a-kind aggregation of free-flowing rivers, wild watersheds, pure waters, unique wetlands and rare plants. It’s the last best wild salmon stronghold on the West Coast—south of the Olympics. And it’s less than half protected. It’s time to finish the job.
Wild Rivers + Wild Salmon + Wild Lands + Legendary Rare Plant Diversity
The wild country of Southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis region is home to three National Wild and Scenic Rivers and five eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers. It provides pristine low gradient spawning and rearing habitat for at risk salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout populations. It includes Oregon’s two largest unprotected National Forest Roadless Areas (North Kalmiopsis and South Kalmiopsis) and 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.