The forests of the Klamath Siskiyou Mountains are some of the most diverse and biologically rich in the world. Boasting vegetative types ranging from coastal temperate rainforest to fire-dependent oak savannas, the forests of the region provide an unparalleled variety of habitat niches and recreational opportunities. Clear streams still flow here. Old-growth still towers here. Salmon still spawn here. Rare wildflowers still bloom here. Wildlands still offer renewal and adventure here. And we aim to keep it that way.
Virtually all of the private, state, and county forests in the region have been previously logged. The intact native forests that anchor the terrestrial and hydrological health of the region are found almost exclusively on lands managed by the Forest Service and the BLM, and for decades these public lands were primarily utilized for unsustainable timber production.
The good news is that (compared to many other ecoregions) the Klamath Siskiyous still have scattered networks of wildlands and intact forests capable of acting as "source populations" for at-risk species. Scientists, conservationists, and even some members of the timber industry are striving to develop a social consensus to restore and rehabilitate the vast tracts of public lands that have been damaged by prior logging and continuing fire suppression. KS Wild is committed to protecting the best of what still remains and promoting restoration forestry where it will do the most good.
Focusing on the public forest lands that comprise the Rogue River and Klamath River Watersheds in southern Oregon and northern California, KS Wild monitors and influences federal management of over 8 million acres. Our efforts are focused primarily on the Medford and Klamath Falls BLM Districts, and on the Klamath, Six Rivers, Shasta-Trinity, Rogue River-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests.
We monitor the impacts of timber sales, fire management, mining activities, grazing allotments, road management, and off-road vehicle use on the botanical, wildlife, and watershed values of these public forest lands. When possible, KS Wild works collaboratively with the federal agencies and interested stakeholders to promote restoration, forest resiliency, and sustainable forest practices. When the agencies propose projects that will harm forest health and biodiversity, we utilize science, environmental laws and education to halt or alter those proposals.
KS Wild's forest advocacy work is accomplished in several ways: (1) We participate in the public "NEPA" planning process for all federal forest projects on public lands; (2) We groundtruth proposals and projects as they are implemented to ensure compliance with environmental laws; (3) We provide information to the public and to decision-makers regarding forest management activities and science; and (4) We work legislatively for the protection of special and unique places.
This work has kept tens of thousands of acres of native forests standing and has helped restore previously logged and fire suppressed stands throughout the region.