River Conservation

Huge Victory for Southern Oregon Rivers!

Today the BLM and Forest Service, under the Obama Administration, announced protection of Southern Oregon's Rough and Ready Creek, Baldface Creek, North Fork of the Smith River, Hunter Creek, and Pistol River with a 20 year administrative "mineral withdrawal" (aka mining withdrawal). This has taken years to accomplish after exensive public comments and three public hearings showing overwhelming support of protection of these places. These rivers and creeks are uniquely special and absolutely deserve this protection from large scale mining. What is an Administrative Mineral Withdrawal?...


Adventure in Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands

As I loaded my truck for another adventure, my anticipation and excitement grew and I started to think about the many firsts in my life. The first time riding my bike without training wheels, the first time I saw a mountain, and my first rafting trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado. Many of those firsts are from experiences I have had in the wilderness around the world. With adventure on my mind, my truck loaded, I hit the road, for another first, a visit to...


Mining projects threaten Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon

For many, the rugged swath of Idaho contained within the 2.37 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is the embodiment of what the Wilderness Act of 1964 hoped to achieve. It is a place where in the space of seasons, free flowing rivers swell and dwindle, wildlife migrates across ranges of untrammeled peaks, and humanity’s trace is limited to a brief echo in a landscape left to exist as it always has. Yet even now as the Frank Church Wilderness stands as...


Help Protect Rough and Ready Creek

The red hills and roadless area that spill beyond the borders of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and form the headwaters of Rough and Ready Creek, Baldface Creek, and Hunter Creek, are a part of one the most ecologically diverse landscapes on the West Coast. The area is host to many rare and endemic plant species that are found nowhere else, in addition to being an important source of clean water that supports salmon runs and communities downstream. In order to protect those outstanding values while longer lasting...