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Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers

Learn more about how you can support the campaign to prevent nickel mining in the Kalmiopsis and Wild Rivers coast - some of the US's most wild and pristine rivers.

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Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers at Risk

Smith River

The Kalmiopsis rivers are the densest network of wild rivers in the lower 48 states. Although known for healthy salmon runs, world-renowned plant diversity, and outstanding recreation, there are proposed nickel mining in these rivers’ headwaters. Strip mining poses a serious threat to the river habitat, recreation economy, and drinking water supply for local communities. Immediate closure of the area to mining is the most effective way to prevent the development of nickel strip mines from turning this national treasure into an industrial mining zone. 

Take action to support the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act

  • Sign the petition to protect the Kalmiopsis wild rivers from industrial nickel strip mining.


The Latest:

In July 2015, Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Representatives DeFazio of Oregon and Huffman of California introduced the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act which proposes withdrawal of these pristine watersheds from future mining activities:


  • Upper Illinois Kayak - NWilson
    Rough and Ready Creek 
  • Baldface Creeks 
  • Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River 
  • Hunter and Pistol Rivers

Public Support is Growing:

A diverse network of supporters includes Tolowa, Takelma, Elk River Tribal communities, Curry and Del Norte Counties, and local cities. Over 30,000 people have spoken in favor of protecting the Kalmiopsis region commented in favor or protection, along with over 200 local businesses. 
On Sept. 9th and 10th, 2015 - two public hearing were held in Gold Beach, and Grants Pass respectively. An overwhelming 500 people total showed up to demonstrate support of our rivers. 
Days later, on Sept. 14th, the City Council of Cave Junction passed a unanimous vote for a resolution in support of protection for the Kalmiopsis region. 
Get Involved:

Stay connected on facebook, "like" the Smith River and Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers pages. 
To volunteer for the Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers campaign, please contact