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

CELEBRATE KALMIOPSIS COUNTRY AND ITS WILD RIVERS

Pronounced “Kal-me-op-sis,” this ruggedest of wilderness areas is home to three hauntingly beautiful National Wild and Scenic Rivers—the Illinois, Chetco and North Fork Smith. Its legendary plant diversity and beloved rivers are celebrated. The congressionally protected Wilderness was established a half century ago. Then Congress added three of its rivers to Wild and Scenic River System but it’s a job less than half done

The unprotected North and South Kalmiopsis—by far the two largest Roadless Areas in Oregon—are equally wild, river rich and botanically unique. The South Kalmiopsis is especially threatened by nickel strip mining proposals that would turn much of it into an industrial zone. Two decades ago the Forest Service found, Silver, Indigo, Josephine/Canyon, Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks nationally outstanding and eligible to become Wild and Scenic Rivers. They remain unprotected and increasingly threatened. A decade ago the Bush Administration recommended Congress add parts of the North and South Kalmiopsis to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. But the area was too small. Congress didn’t act. It’s time to make this ancient refuge of the purest of waters, wild salmon and great plant rarity whole.

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
Senator Wyden proposes Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area
Sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden, the O&C Land Grant Act of 2014 (S. 2734) would establish the Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Special Management Area. Described as a little biological gem, the 7,200 acres of public lands managed Bureau of Land Management is big on rare 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
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 to a closure order. Read the closure order here. Correction July 27th 9:00 p.m.  The Rogue read more