What We Do
KS Wild is the primary organization monitoring the public forests and wildlands of the Klamath-Siskiyou. Below are ten of the primary issues we focus on, followed by a partial summary of our activities and accomplishments over the past year.Forest Watch
Our comprehensive public lands oversight campaign monitors old-growth timber sales, road construction projects, cattle grazing and other proposed activities on more than 8 million acres of federal land in the Klamath Siskiyou.
KS Wild works on state-wide campaigns in Oregon and California to protect remaining roadless areas. KS Wild focuses on the exceptional wildlands of the Siskiyou Crest, the roadless areas along the Wild Rogue River and the Cave Creek watershed in the western Siskiyous.
KS Wild works to permanently protect and restore threatened and endangered species in the region. We use biological science to identify at-risk species and then utilize the Endangered Species Act to gain federal protection.
Learn about KS Wild's newest program to protect water quality and native fish in the Rogue Basin. Public trust waters are among our most valuable natural resources, and the Clean Water Act’s provisions for public involvement are critical to the implementation of this cornerstone environmental law.
KS Wild works with diverse interests and to find common ground in the woods to develop restoration-based jobs and help build sustainable communities.
KS Wild works to ensure that ORVs don’t threaten rare species, sensitive watersheds, or non-motorized recreation. The Klamath-Siskiyou has special places, such as meadows, botanical preserves, and high elevation lakes that are at particular threat from ORVs.
KS Wild works to change grazing practices on publicly owned lands to protect meadows, lakes, rare plants and creeks from unsuitable grazing. Grazing public lands interferes with recreation, harms important plant and animal habitats and spoils water quality. It also costs taxpayers thousands of dollars per year.
The 1872 Mining Law was passed only seven years after Congress abolished slavery and nearly five decades before women won the right to vote. It is surely time to update it.
KS Wild’s Rogue Riverkeeper program is working in a broad coalition to stop the Coos Bay Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal that would pump foreign fossil fuels to California via Oregon’s fragile coast and a 235-mile pipeline across southwest Oregon.
The Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center recognizes that all of the advocacy and conservation work we do takes place within an emerging paradigm of long-term, large-scale priorities.
From saving old growth forests and working in large coalitions to protect our most precious wildlands to calling attention to illegal mining and road building, 2010 was a very busy year for KS Wild.