Headwaters of Smith River Protected

Message from KS Wild

Cheers to wild rivers! Today, we are extremely excited to announce that Public Land Order 7859 was signed by Obama officials protecting the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers and Hunter Creek for 20 years from the threat of industrial strip mining!

We could not have done it without your outstanding support by signing petitions, attending public hearings, and supporting all the efforts leading to this momentous occasion. Thank you!

We also extend a huge thank you to our coalition partners and our river champions, especially Representatives Defazio and Huffman, and Senators Merkley and Wyden. If you are as excited as we are, please take a minute to thank them too!

What’s next for the Kalmiopsis Rivers? These spectacular rivers provide clean drinking water to dowstream communities. They are are home to healthy salmon and steelhead runs, and the rives are surrounded by some of the most unique plant habitat in the West. We will continue to work hard to defend this victory against attack, and for more permanent protection from mining in the years to come.

Please continue to follow updates, and consider supporting our ongoing work for wild rivers. Let the mountains talk, let the river run. Once more, and forever.  – David Brower


Jeanine Moy, Outreach Director
KS Wild