THE KALMIOPSIS WILDLANDS | An American Treasure
The Kalmiopsis is a one-of-a-kind collection of wild rivers, Jeffrey pine savannas, unique wetlands, and some of the rarest plants on earth. It’s one of the last best wild salmon strongholds remaining on America’s West Coast, outside of Alaska. And it’s less than half protected. For millennia, this rugged wildland has served as a climate refuge for species from surrounding regions. But what makes the Kalmiopsis so unique and special—its serpentine geology, climate, and ancient evolutionary processes—are also responsible for its greatest threat, nickel strip mining. Go to Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers to learn more about the effort to prevent the nickel mines.