The Wild Klamath-Siskiyou: Home to Spectacular Forests
KS Wild’s work over the past decades has kept tens of thousands of acres of native forests standing
The Klamath Siskiyou Mountains are home to some of the most spectacular forests in the world. Dense old growth forests, towering pines in oak woodlands, and alpine meadows all mix together in this world-class ecoregion. Our region borders the coastal Redwood forests (with the tallest trees in the world) to the west and the mighty Douglas fir forests of the Cascade Range in the east.
KS Wild focuses on public forests, mostly in the Rogue and Klamath River watersheds. Our trained staff and volunteers monitor public lands management on eight million acres (a forested area larger than the state of Maryland!). These public lands include the Medford and Klamath Falls Bureau of Land Management, and the Klamath, Six Rivers, Shasta-Trinity, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests. Our goal is to protect the remaining wildlands, watersheds, and wildlife while encouraging restoration of forests that have been damaged by logging, mining, and development.
Damaged By Clearcuts
Widespread clear-cut logging has destroyed old-growth habitat, ruined watersheds, and converted native forests throughout southern Oregon and northern California into biologically sterile tree plantations. Virtually all of the private, state, and county forests in the region have been clearcut and continue to be managed for timber production. The intact native forests that anchor the land and water of the region are found on lands owned by all Americans and managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
The good news is that, unlike much of North America, the Klamath-Siskiyou still has large networks of wildlands and intact forests capable of acting as "source populations" for at-risk species. But ongoing old-growth logging and post-fire salvage timber sales continue to remove habitat and connectivity for rare old-growth dependent species.
Protection and Restoration
Local communities, scientists, conservationists, and some far-sighted federal land managers are working to develop a social consensus to restore and rehabilitate the vast tracts of public lands that have been damaged by prior logging and continuing fire suppression. The idea is to protect our remaining native and ancient forests, safeguard streamside ecosystems, and carefully thin dense second-growth tree farms. The ultimate goal in many of these projects: to reintroduce natural fire to fire-dependent forests. KS Wild is committed to protecting the best of what still remains and promoting restoration forestry where it will do the most good.