KS In The Press
This is your one stop shop for conservation-focused news about the Klamath-Siskiyou region. Here, you can also find news and updates about KS Wild.
- Crowd protests nickel mine proposed near Kalmiopsis
- The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service held the public meeting to hear citizen responses to proposed restrictions on mining and exploration in the upper Illinois and Smith river drainages, where a large nickel mine is proposed.
- Peak experience on Preston Peak
- Preston Peak is not the highest mountain in the Siskiyous, but it is certainly the most iconic. Standing tall amidst a range of wilderness peaks and looking down on Raspberry Lake, Rattlesnake Meadows and the expansive old-growth forests of the aptly named Clear Creek Watershed, Preston is special. It offers both the macro of stunningly rugged mountain cliffs that overwhelm the landscape and the micro of botanical treasures that reward those with a careful eye.
- More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires
- Contrary to widespread misconceptions, large fires burn mostly at low and moderate intensities. For example, only about 20 percent of the Rim Fire was high-intensity, and only a portion of the land involved was densely forested enough to create snag forest habitat. Moreover, current science indicates that we have less, not more, mixed-intensity wildland fire in our forests now than we did historically. Allowing more fires to burn in backcountry areas will help restore our forest ecosystems.
- DeFazio, Huffman, Wyden, Merkley Praise Temporary Ban on Mining Projects in Southwest Oregon Watershed Protection Area Covered By Their Bills in House and Senate
- Seeking to protect a celebrated collection of world-class salmon and steelhead rivers of the south Kalmiopsis region, U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio and Jared Huffman , as well as Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, applauded the temporary ban on new mining projects in an area covered by a bill the Congressmen and Senators introduced, the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act.
- Congress Moves to Safeguard Oregon Wildlands and Wild Rivers
- Oregon’s Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill today to add protections from some of the state’s most pristine areas. The bill known as Oregon Wildlands would designate wilderness, national recreation areas and Wild and Scenic Rivers in Western Oregon, including protections for the Wild Rogue River in southwest Oregon.
- Logging Industry Lawsuit Demanding Aggressive Cutting Thrown Out By Federal Court
- A logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was thrown out today by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling vacates a 2013 decision that would have forced the Bureau of Land Management to sell timber even when those sales would have harmed salmon and had detrimental impacts on water quality and recreation.
- A Substitute Plan To Rejuvenate Forest After Fire
- A century of fire suppression has left forests overcrowded with dense stands of flammable conifers. After fires last year in Klamath National Forest, plans were made to salvage as much timber as possible. Members of the Karuk Tribe have offered a substitute plan instead of salvage logging.
- Senators join in Oregon Caves dedication
- The dignitaries who spoke at Friday's celebration of the expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve painted a colorful portrait of "The Marble Halls of Oregon." U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, who began working on the expansion nearly 20 years ago, seemed relieved. About 50 people were in attendance, including Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
- Agricultural Business Owners Thank Merkley For Protecting Oregon Caves
- Over twenty southern Oregon agricultural businesses spoke up thanking Senator Jeff Merkley for his work to protect public lands in Oregon at the Senator’s town hall meeting in Cave Junction this morning. The small business owners expressed their gratitude for Merkley’s recent efforts to successfully expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.
- Illinois, Rogue, and Smith Rivers Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers
- American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Illinois and Rogue Rivers and the Smith River in California among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation.