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Adopt-a-Botanical Area Program

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kalmiopsis leachianaThe Adopt-a-Botanical Area program is a community watchdog program designed to mobilize volunteers to be KS Wild’s eyes and ears on the ground in designated Botanical Areas throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou region.

Much of the diverse plant life celebrated in the Klamath-Siskiyou region can be found in Botanical Areas in National Forests and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern on BLM lands. These areas have been protected because of the special plant life they host. However, due to a lack of oversight and law enforcement, many of these areas are threatened.

You can help defend and protect these areas by joining our Adopt-a-Botanical Area volunteer program. This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with some of our region’s spectacular botanical diversity—and help KS Wild with ongoing work to monitor and protect Botanical Areas.

Areas incorporated in this program include designated “Botanical Areas” within our National Forests as well as “Areas of Critical Environmental Concern” on BLM lands. In the scope of this program we hope to include public lands within the following management areas: Medford BLM district, Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, and Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Adopting a Botanical Area is simply a one-year commitment to:

  • Visit your chosen area at least once a season and send us quarterly assessments to document flora and fauna and potential sources of disruption or illegal activity on the site.
  • Pick-up trash at least once a year – if it is overwhelming call us and we will organize a clean-up.

How to Volunteer

  1. Choose a Botanical Area. To get started in this program, choose a Botanical Area, or multiple areas, that you live near or have visited (see an interactive Google map of Botanical Areas by clicking here). If you don’t have a location in mind, we would be happy to work with you in choosing an area that best suits your availability, interests, and abilities.
  2. Fill out a volunteer form found here: Botanical Area Volunteer Form
  3. Receive your packet. KS Wild will provide you with a map and description of your Botanical Area, as well as a plant list for the area, if available. We'll also provide assessment forms and technical assistance - from filling out forms to help in identifying plants.
  4. Visit your Botanical Area and report back to us with assessment forms and photos.

Map of Botanical Areas

Click on this link to view a map of Botanical Areas in our region. Zoom in on the map, or click on an area to learn the Botanical Area's name and location.

Already An Adopter?

 If you have questions please contact lisa@kswild.org.