KS Wild (Formerly Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center)
Phone: (541) 488-5789 | Fax: 541-552-1561
http://kswild.org/ | email@example.com
ABOUT KS WILD:
Since our founding in 1997, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) has grown to become a significant regional force for conservation. Our goal is to protect roadless areas, old-growth forests, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat from unsustainable resource extraction and pollution and to restore those areas that have been impaired by more than a century of mismanagement. From our humble, volunteer-led beginnings fighting old-growth logging out of a home office in Williams, Oregon, we have grown to a staff of ten who serve as leaders in conservation efforts across the region.
In 2009, we launched the Rogue Riverkeeper Program to better protect the public trust waters of the Rogue Basin and the world-class fishing and recreational boating opportunities that are so crucial to southern Oregon’s economy and quality of life.
KS Wild’s recent merger with the Siskiyou Project, a 23-year veteran of southern Oregon conservation advocacy, brings increased capacity and focus on the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area. Siskiyou Project staff and program have integrated under the KS Wild banner, and we are now working together to advance conservation goals across the region.
PROTECTING AND RESTORING THE KLAMATH-SISKIYOU ECOREGION
The ecologically diverse 11-million-acre Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion is globally recognized for its abundant ancient forests, diverse endemic species, wild salmon, and some of the largest wild expanses in the Lower 48. Southern Oregon's Rogue, Chetco and Klamath River watersheds are host to wet, coastal forests, critical wildlife corridors, botanically rich meadows, dry pine forests, deep canyons and salmon-bearing streams.
However, powerful interests continue to push for unsustainable resource extraction at the expense of these public lands, waters and wildlife. KS Wild plays a crucial role in influencing decisionmakers to protect rather than exploit these vital wildlands. Key strategies include:
• Watchdog all federal land management activities on the Ecoregion's National Forest and BLM Districts, including logging, road building, grazing, unregulated off-road vehicle recreation, and mining. Perform ground-truthing, analysis and documentation to assess environmental impacts. When necessary, initiate legal challenges.
• Attain 1. Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations in the Lower Rogue River Basin, 2. Wild and Scenic River designation expansions and mining withdrawals for the Chetco River, and 3. A tenfold expansion of the Oregon Caves National Monument, the designation of the first underground Wild and Scenic River, and a livestock allotment retirement for unique botanical hotspots surrounding the existing Monument.
• Advance more substantive protections for the Siskiyou Crest, a phenomenally biodiverse 1-million-acre mountain landscape at the Oregon-California border and for the Siskiyou Wild Rivers, an equally diverse 1.5-million-acre forest and rivers landscape.
• Advocate for the removal of logging roads and ORV routes that fragment and degrade wildlife habitat or harm aquatic resources.
• Spur the reform of public lands mining policy at both federal and local levels.
• Advocate for the protection and recovery of at-risk species through both direct challenges and habitat protection.
• Collaborate with agencies, industry, and communities to craft ecologically sound fire management plans and small diameter logging projects near at-risk communities.
• Protect and restore water quality and fish populations in the Rogue River Basin and adjacent coastal watersheds through enforcement, advocacy, field work and community action.
• Highlight the vital role that the forests of the Klamath-Siskiyou play in mitigating climate change.
KS Wild has an impressive track record as a conservation leader in the Pacific Northwest. Through successful collaboration with natural resource managers and other stakeholders, we are shifting a historically “boom-and-bust” economy of short-term exploitation of public resources toward a more sustainable restoration paradigm that benefits both the environment and our communities.
KS Wild relies on a strong and active membership support to accomplish its goals. From volunteering with our RiverWatch and Adopt-A-Botanical Area programs to providing key financial support, KS Wild members are central to building a movement for regional conservation. Our members also receive bi-monthly action alerts, our quarterly newsletter: KS Wild News, and numerous opportunities to participate in events and land, water, and wildlife management decisions throughout the region.