A homegrown movement to protect the pure waters & famed rivers of Southwest Oregon's Kalmiopsis - Wild Rivers Coast Region

The Kalmiopsis – Wild Rivers Coast | too special to mine!

It’s wild, rugged and home to the National Wild & Scenic Smith, Illinois and Chetco Rivers. These rivers are some of the most pristine in the nation, providing clean drinking water for downstream communities and wild salmon and steelhead to local economies. Nickel mining would turn priceless, botanically rich National Forest lands—with the highest of conservation values—into polluted industrial zones and the private domain of mining companies. Protect Southwest Oregon and Northwest California’s Wild Rivers Coast and Kalmiopsis region. There’s no place like it on earth. 

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release WASHINGTON—Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today secured a twenty-year ban on new mining Read more
Local support for a 20-year Southwest Oregon Mineral Withdrawal overwhelms a third time
Neither the dark of night nor the rains of November deterred opponents of nickel strip mining in the Kalmiopsis and Wild Rivers Coast regions from making their Read more
Support for Southwest Oregon Mineral Withdrawal is overwhelming
Forty-five thousand individuals, organizations, tribes, agencies, water districts, counties and city councils commented or signed petitions during two formal comment periods and two local hearings for the Southwestern Oregon Mineral Read more
Two companies hold most of the minng claims in withdrawal area
Two mining companies and what's called an association hold all but five of the existing federal mining claims in the U.S Forest Service and BLM's proposed 101,000 acre Southwestern Oregon Read more
EPA | Metal mining biggest toxic polluter in U.S. again
Post revised 5/25/2016.   EPA's latest Toxic Release Inventory report shows that the metal mining industry produced 45% of all toxic pollution in the United States in 2014. You won't hear advocates Read more
Will North Fork Smith River be Oregon’s first Outstanding Resource Waters?
Few go there except fisheries biologists and a small cadre of intrepid boaters who like their weather wild and their waters wilder. The National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith Read more
From headwaters to coast | Kids, communities say no to nickel mines and yes to clean water
We look back to September 11, 2015 on the Wild Rivers Coast. It was one of those days that verged on perfect. The evening before, the Gold Beach hearing for Read more
The proposed mining withdrawal | decades in the making
What just happened may have seemed out of the blue to some but the recently proposed mining withdrawal has been decades in the making. It's purpose is to provide interim Read more
Officials get overwhelming support for river protection and resounding no to mines
Residents of Southwest Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast like their water pure, rivers clean, air fresh and salmon healthy. That was the message about 200 people had for the Forest Service, BLM, Read more
No place for the most polluting industry in America
Once more the metal mining industry is largest toxic polluter in the United States. On January 15th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the latest numbers from the nation's Read more
Public opposes mining at North Fork Smith River and Baldface Creek
Opponents to the development of a nickel strip mine in the pristine watershed of the North Fork Smith River worked furiously last July to get information in to Oregon Water Read more
Wild and Scenic Smith River’s pure water worth more than a nickel mine
In a recent guest opinion in the Sacramento Bee, noted river author Tim Palmer, reminds us that the National Wild and Scenic Smith River's pure water is worth more than Read more
Concerns surface about RNR Nickel Mine and smelter proposed at Rough and Ready Creek
The public has heard little about the RNR Nickel Mine at Rough and Ready Creek, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes. According to court records, the Rogue Read more
Yellow tuft alyssum invasive species alert—how to help
Visitors, residents and hikers in Southwest Oregon are asked to be on the alert for any suspected occurrence of yellow tuft alyssum. Learn more about the invasive plant here at Read more
Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks among America’s most endangered rivers
You can help by going to American River's Rough and Ready and Baldface Creek page. Then click on take action to send a message to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Read more