Mission: The klamath-siskiyou wildlands center (ks wild) is an advocate for the forests, waters and wildlife of the klamath and rogue basins of northwest california and southwest oregon. We use environmental law, science, collaboration and education to defend healthy ecosystems and help build sustainable communities.
Programs: Oregon and california conservation program ks wild's oregon and california conservation program is designed to fulfill the group's mission to protect and restore the biological diversity of the klamath-siskiyou region. This area, stretching from roseburg, oregon in the north to redding, california, in the south, and from the pacific ocean to the cascade range crest, contains some of the most ecologically distinctive wildlands along the west coast of the lower 48. The organization's focus is on more than 8 million acres of federal public lands in the region administered by bureau of land management and the u. S. Forest service. Created in response to a history of ecologically unsustainable land management practices, including widespread cutting of old-growth forests, road building, cattle overgrazing and suppression of natural fires, ks wild operates as a public lands watchdog organization. Ks wild participates in the public planning process defined in the national environmental policy act through technical input and public engagement to support ecologically beneficial land management projects and oppose threats to forest health, clean water and biodiversity. Ks wild also achieves its mission through a variety of local, regional and national campaigns that address a range of land and water conservation needs - including conservation of endangered species, clean water protection and wilderness advocacy. Over the past year, ks wild secured expansion for the oregon caves national monument in southwest oregon. Growing from 400 to 4,000 acres, the new oregon caves national monument and preserve now extends into the headwaters of cave and lake creeks, which serve as drinking water sources for the park's visitors. In addition to the designation of the first underground wild and scenic river in the united states, the river styx, ks wild is also worked to permanently retire 31,000 acres of public land grazing allotments within and around the park's new borders. Ks wild also continued to serve on the pacific wolf coalition, which consists of group of non-profit conservation groups across oregon, washington, and california whose aim is to help wolves recover in their historic native habitat and foster appreciation for this important predator in our forest ecosystems. Ks wild built a public engagement campaign to protect the smith, illinois and pistol rivers from industrial nickel strip mining.
rogue riverkeeper ks wild's rogue riverkeeper program protects and restores clean water and aquatic habitat within the 3. 3-million acre rogue river and adjacent chetco river watersheds. Home to the fourth largest metropolitan area in oregon and a flourishing whitewater industry as well as numerous runs of anadromous salmonids and fishing opportunities, the rogue basin is known as a world class place to raft, fish and live. Within the rogue basin, rogue riverkeeper is unique as it's the only organization filling that niche. In 2013, rogue riverkeeper was successful in leading the effort to reform suction dredge policies for the state of oregon's waterways. Rogue riverkeeper's work to protect the rogue includes watchdogging government agency actions on the clean water act and energy issues, advocating for permanent protection of southern oregon's natural wonders and seeking restoration and long-term vitality for the rogue river and its tributaries. As stresses mount from increased development, amplified water demand and the effects of climate change, the rogue riverkeeper program could not be more timely or necessary. Through enforcement of the clean water act and other environmental laws, rogue riverkeeper works to ensure that our nation's water quality laws are not ignored. Throughout 2014, ks wild's rogue riverkeeper participated in the governor's study group to establish new protocols for mining in oregon's waterways. Progress was made in developing new safeguards to protect critical salmon habitat in the state. Rogue riverkeeper continued to act as a regional effort to stop development of a fracked gas pipeline across southern oregon. The federal energy regulatory commission released their draft environmental impact statement, which rogue riverkeeper analyzed for adequacy of and water protection. Rogue riverkeeper generated grassroots opposition to this fossil fuel infrastructure project. Rogue riverkeeper developed a robust water quality monitoring program throughout the rogue basin, as is using the data collected to inform the public.