Activities & Accomplishments
ILLEGAL MEDFORD BLM TIMBER SALE VOIDED IN COURT — In July 2015, US District Judge Owen Panner issued an order vacating the Ashland BLM's decision to log the Sampson Cove timber sale. For years, Ashland BLM timber planners have been rushing logging projects, while ignoring the law, science, and public. Timber sales have continually called for road-building, logging native forests, and including forest canopy in at-risk watersheds. The BLM's rush to log at all costs continues to backfire as they attempt to circumvent the law. We hope that this ruling finally convinces the BLM that wildlife and watershed values of public forests need to be considered when the agency develops its logging proposals for public lands.
FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY, ILLEGAL LOGGING PLAN BLOCKED — April 2015, The U.S. District Court of Northern California issued a ruling that Fruit Growers Supply's (FGS) logging plan violated a slew of laws and regulations. The FGS attempted to circumvent the Endangered Species Act in the hopes of obtaining "take" permits for up to 83 spotted owl nesting sites, the majority of spotted owls remaining in this critical portion of the Siskiyou Crest mountain range - nor did they account for the number of threatened Coho salmon that would be harmed. The court held that the logging company could not legally eliminate the vast majority of threatened owls in the area and that the plan did not ensure that negative impacts to at-risk Coho salmon were mitigated and minimized. The incidental take permits (license to kills) owls and Coho were invalid and void.
OREGON CAVES NATIONAL MONUMENT EXPANSION — In December 2014, after nearly a decade of hard work, KS Wild, business allies, and local residents helped achieve protection of 4,000 acres through the expansion of one of the smallest National Park units in the nation, Oregon Caves National Monument. Known primarily for its vast marble caves, the original 480 acre Monument was established in 1909 by President Taft. Oregon Caves boasts the longest tour cave west of the Continental Divide and sits among some of the most botanically diverse conifer forest in the world. The new park boundary includes a campground and beautiful hiking trails, and features the River Styx, now the first underground stream to be designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Protecting this unique corner of Southwest Oregon will put this region on the map and continue to grow the local recreation economy.
OLD-GROWTH FORESTS SAVED — A proposed BLM timber sale near Glendale, Oregon would have logged more than 3,000 acres of mature and old-growth forests and constructed 5.7 miles of new logging roads in critical habitat for at-risk Coho salmon and spotted owls. KS Wild led an administrative appeal on the “Westside” timber sale that included conservation, ﬁsheries and recreation organizations committed to protecting these ancient forests. We’ve worked for 5 years to keep the forests standing, and now, that work has paid oﬀ. On January 31, 2011 the Westside timber sale was canceled!
REINING IN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE DAMAGE — KS Wild is committed to protecting the botanical hotspots and wildflower meadows of Southwest Oregon and Northwest California from off road vehicle damage. We’ve successfully appealed the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Motorized Travel Management Plan for authorizing ORV use in botanical areas, backcountry non-motorized areas and inventoried roadless areas. KS Wild filed successful emergency motorized closure petitions to protect sensitive meadows from ORV damage, and filed suit to protect salmon watersheds in the Klamath National Forest and rare plant habitat in the Smith River Recreation Area from illegal ORV use.
BLM AND KS WILD WORK IT OUT — In February 2011, KS Wild and allies announced a sensible forest management deal with the BLM—a deal that settles a lawsuit, protects valuable old-growth forests, and permits responsible logging to move forward. The lawsuit, which centered on the Spencer Creek timber sale on BLM land near Medford, Oregon, alleged violations due to the proposed logging of old-growth forests. In response, BLM agreed to focus forest restoration on the thinning of smaller trees that are encroaching into stands of older trees due to previous ﬁre suppression.
REDIRECTING THE KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST — After decades of voracious logging, the Klamath National Forest has not logged any old-growth for the past ﬁve years, thanks to vigilant oversight and encouraging re-direction from KS Wild. Combined with our prior success in turning around the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s management focus, this emerging shift represents a signiﬁcant change in regional National Forest Management. We continue our work to protect post-ﬁre ecosystems on the Klamath.
CHARTING A COURSE FOR WESTERN OREGON BLM FORESTS —
KS Wild works to protect the public forests managed by the Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Home to some of the most biologically rich forests in North America, these lands are at-risk as timber companies and local governments continue to seek to log old trees and streamside areas. While KS Wild helped fend oﬀ the Bush administration’s “whopper” attempts to open up these forests to more logging, we are now working with diverse interests to chart a path forward that includes restoring forests and watersheds.
ROGUE RIVERKEEPER — In 2009, KS Wild launched the Rogue Riverkeeper program, whose mission is to protect and restore water quality and ﬁsh populations in the Rogue Basin and adjacent coastal watersheds through enforcement, ﬁeld work and community action.
REMOVING GOLD RAY DAM — Rogue Riverkeeper organized public support for removing Gold Ray dam on the Rogue River, and intervened in a lawsuit that attempted to stop removal. The dam is now gone and we coordinated a victory ﬂotilla in 2010, which included a clean-up component of the restored river.
INVESTIGATING BACTERIA POLLUTION — In 2010, Rogue Riverkeeper launched an intensive water quality study designed to identify chronic bacteria pollution in Ashland Creek. Dozens of volunteers were instrumental in this eﬀort, which culminated in a report that contributed important information to this chronic pollution problem. Community and government response has been very positive, and in 2011 we will be working to oversee implementation and further analysis. Using this successful model, we are expanding the program to other streams in the Rogue Basin that are plagued with chronic bacteria pollution.
PROTECTING RIVERS, FISH AND FORESTS FROM MINING — KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper are keeping a close eye on mining impacts in the Klamath-Siskiyou.
In 2010, we stopped an illegal mine on California’s Salmon River. We also took on a gold mine on a tributary of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, which had been out of compliance with the Clean Water Act for 15 years. In 2011, we are challenging an illegal mining operation on Sucker Creek, a salmon stronghold in the Illinois sub-basin, as well as challenging an inadequate Clean Water Act permit for suction dredging.
SAVING SPECIAL PLACES: WILD ROGUE, OREGON CAVES — We continue our work to protect the Wild Rogue and Oregon Caves via federal legislation. The Zane Grey roadless area, tributary streams of the Lower Rogue and the Oregon Caves provide important habitat while signiﬁcantly contributing to southern Oregon‘s tourism and recreation economy. After bills stalled in the last two Congresses on these eﬀorts, we remain committed to securing protections for these Oregon treasures.
PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES — We are working to protect rare and endangered species and their habitat, including the Paciﬁc ﬁsher, Gentner’s fritillary, wolverine, Coho salmon, Siskiyou Mountain and Scott Bar salamanders.
STOPPING LNG IN SOUTHERN OREGON — KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper are working with a diverse coalition to stop a Liqueﬁed Natural Gas (LNG) import facility and pipeline that would increase our reliance on foreign fossil fuels and harm rivers, forests, ﬁsh, wildlife and communities in southwest Oregon.