Southern Oregon and northern California are home to the largest remaining network of wilderness areas on the West Coast.
Diverse, fire-sculpted forests. Rushing rivers flashing with wild salmon and trout. Deep canyons and craggy peaks. Vast unspoiled expanses, imbued with mystery and beauty. An ancient landscape with wildflowers found nowhere else on earth.
Welcome to the southern Oregon and northern California's Klamath-Siskiyou, the heart of biodiversity on America's West Coast! Covering nearly 11 million acres, the Klamath Siskiyou ecosystem includes the mountains, forests, and watersheds of the iconic Rogue, Smith, and Klamath Rivers. Most of these wildlands belong to you and are managed as public resources by the Forest Service, BLM and Park Service. These rugged wildlands are a priceless treasure that is the collective legacy of all Americans.
Preserving Wilderness is Essential
With its extraordinary natural features, the Klamath-Siskiyou offers world-renowned hiking trails and rafting waterways, including the Pacific Crest and Rogue River Trails, and the Wild & Scenic Rogue, Klamath, and Trinity Rivers.
Wilderness designation is the highest level of landscape protection available, offering the best defense for essential habitat for at-risk species. Wilderness stands out from lands already disrupted by logging, road building, and other development. In this era of rapidly changing climate and disappearing forests, wilderness conservation is more crucial than ever to the continued survival of countless species. Wilderness also provides people a chance to seek a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Ecosystem functions such as the production of pure drinking water and clean air require large tracts of wild land. Only by preserving whole ecosystems and intact watersheds can we ensure these priceless natural services will continue uninterrupted.
Time to protect the best and restore the rest.
In this increasingly high-stress world, wilderness areas offer places of refuge and revitalization for humans that can be found nowhere else.
Yet all throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou you will find places that have been damaged by both too much love, or not enough.
Much of the diverse plant life celebrated in the Klamath-Siskiyou region can be found in Botanical Areas in National Forests and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern on BLM lands. These areas have been protected because of the special plant life they host. However, due to a lack of oversight and law enforcement, many of these areas are threatened.
You can help defend and protect these areas by joining our Adopt-a-Botanical Area volunteer program. This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with some of our region’s spectacular botanical diversity—and help KS Wild with ongoing work to monitor and protect Botanical Areas.
Areas incorporated in this program include designated “Botanical Areas” within our National Forests as well as “Areas of Critical Environmental Concern” on BLM lands.