The Kalmiopsis Wildlands | An American Treasure
The Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the unprotected North & South Kalmiopsis Roadless Areas are known as the greater Kalmiopsis Wildlands. This river-rich region is home to the National Wild & Scenic Illinois, Chetco and North Fork Smith rivers, plus five U.S. Forest Service Eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers. Here you will find Jeffrey pine savannas, unique wetlands, and some of the rarest plants on earth. With the rest of the Oregon/California Wild Rivers Coast, it’s the last best wild salmon stronghold on the West Coast, south of the Olympics. For millennia, this rugged wild landscape has served as a climate refuge for species from surrounding regions but the ancient geology of the Kalmiopsis holds its greatest threat—nickel strip mining. Learn more at Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers.