Protecting Land and Rivers

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Immediate conservation priorities include:

  • The National Wild and Scenic Chetco River which is threatened by large scale instream gold mining.  Read more at Save Our Chetco River.
  • Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks. Rough and Ready Creek is threatened by a second proposal for large scale nickel strip mine that includes establishment of a nickel processing facility (ore drying, smelting and likely mine was storage) on the Rough and Ready Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Baldface Creek and the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River are threatened by nickel strip mining, which we know little about at this time, except that a foreign owned company is paying for the environmental assessment for exploratory drilling at 59 sites across about 2000 acres in the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area. Go to Rough and Ready and Baldface Creek’s website.
  • The Scenic River Area of the National Wild and Scenic Illinois River.  Issues include: 1) The extension of the current mineral withdrawal for the Scenic River Area—Deer Creek downstream to Briggs Creek—which expires soon; 2) The unregulated instream mining on the Scenic River Area—Forest Boundary downstream to Deer Creek; 3) Preserving the Scenic River Area and the public’s enjoyment of it. Both at risk from over-use, vandalism an lawlessness. More information soon.
  • The proposed legislation entitled the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act which would transfer ~ 1.5 million acres of National Forest and BLM O&C lands into a “timber trust” to be managed for maximum timber yield under weak regulations that apply to private forest land. O&C land on the Siskiyou National Forest includes Eligible Wild and Scenic River, the North and South Kalmiopsis Roadless Areas, Botanical and Research Natural Areas, Key Watershed and some of the steepest most landslide prone land in Oregon. There’s also O&C land in the proposed expansion of the Oregon Caves National Monument and the Kangaroo Roadless Area.
A West Coast Conservation Priority