The Hands that Touch the Land

KS Wild, the Northwest Forest Worker Center, and Lomakatsi Restoration Project hosted “The Hands that Touch the Land,” a hike focusing on ecological forestry work. Held along the Red Queen Trail in Ashland, the guided hike highlighted how each organizations’ mission interconnects, filling a diversity of niches in advocating for forest management and the proper treatment of the workers that implement restoration.

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Restore & Protect Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area

Defending the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area, on the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, is a high priority for KS Wild’s stewardship program. Teams of volunteers have worked for years to clean up illegal dumping sites and protect the botanical hotspot from illegal off-highway vehicle use (OHV). Our goal is to install gates to prevent further degradation, and allow for an orderly managed botanical area.

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Wyden Champions Wildlands Protections

Senator Wyden learned from the crowd at his Josephine County Town Hall that protecting the Rogue, its tributaries, and all of the wild places in Oregon, is of utmost importance to Oregonians.  He also heard that his constituents here in southern Oregon see and appreciate the hard work he is doing in the nation’s capital to keep our lands and rivers pristine and protected.

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Jessica Klinke
Government Shut Down and Public Lands

Public lands should not be a pawn in political fights. Hard working public employees should not be forced to take short term loans or visit food banks as the price of public service. Timber, oil and gas, and other extractive industries should not enjoy unfettered access to public lands while restoration, fire safety work, and recreation are shut down. 

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Joseph Vaile
Where Are We Going in 2019?

Our plans are bold. We cover millions of acres of forests, wildlands, and rivers. This region is one of the most valued and treasured regions in all of the West because of its unique biodiversity. Alongside our partners like you, we promise to deliver results that benefit wild nature in the Klamath-Siskiyou. Read more about our plans for 2019.

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Joseph Vaile
Saving a Climate Refuge

Please consider an end of the year gift to KS Wild. Our efforts to defend the Klamath-Siskiyou are more important that ever before. But we can’t do it without you. Please join us.

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Joseph Vaile
A Year in Review: The Seiad Horse Timber Sale

As you know, many of the national forests in northern California and southern Oregon have experienced significant wildfire events over the last several fire seasons. Last year the SIskiyou Crest experienced an wildlifire event when the Abney fire burned in mixed severity on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest and over to the Klamath National Forest. The Klamath National Forest stands alone in wanting to exploit these wildfires in order to clearcut backcountry Late Successional Reserves.

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Brodia Minter
What Caused the Delay in "Craggy Project" Planning?

"Many of us [Forest Service employees] had already spent long hours working through the Salmon Salvage Project (2014) and the Westside Fire Recovery Project (2016) and were reluctant to take on another large project, especially one that would require meeting an accelerated timeline. I also knew that putting forth a post-fire project would mean putting other green projects on hold, potentially risking having other areas burn in the future that could have been treated had we not reallocated resources for this project."

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Klamath Siskiyou
It's Time to Pull Together

Not everyone needs to agree about every aspect of fire management. Fire behavior is a complex field and its okay to reach different conclusions and hold different beliefs. But even in crisis, there are many opportunities for us to pull together.

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Klamath Siskiyou
Understanding Wildfire in the Klamath-Siskiyou

Some research shows the region’s forested landscapes were generally more open due to fire prior to the 20th century than they are today and today’s landscape is characterized by denser forests, less structural diversity, more fire-sensitive species, fewer coarse-grained vegetation mosaics, and a greater likelihood of high-severity fire (particularly in previously open ponderosa pine forests).

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Klamath Siskiyou
Eight Dollar Mountain: A Botanical Area Not an OHV Playground

Over this past weekend KS Wild and our strong team of volunteers assisted the Forest Service and spent two days repairing and closing illegal routes made by OHV users near the base of Eight Dollar Mountain. We picked up and hauled away 2 truck loads of trash, closed various routes, and installed 'Botanical Area Restoration' signage along the roadway. 

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Klamath Siskiyou