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Could Bill in Congress Harm Oregon Forests?

PORTLAND, Ore - Passed by the U.S. House and moving on to the Senate, the Resilient Federal Forests Act is aimed at protecting forests from fires. But conservation groups in Idaho and across the country say it undermines the most meaningful efforts to do just that. ...

Action is the best antidote to despair

A big part of my work lately has been reviewing a report on climate change. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in climate change information, reviewing facts and figures and all the latest science on what the impacts look like in our valley.The picture it paints for us it extremely bleak, but there is hope here in Southern Oregon if we take action soon.It’s hard not to be distressed by climate change. I recently read an article that states that simply thinking about climate change can

Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires

The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be greater risk for fires on nearly every continent.  

Climatologist explains why ‘the conditions are primed for fire’ in California

Here's why fires are exploding up and down the state, with answers by Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laborator...

Here Are the 10 National Monuments the Interior Department Wants to Shrink or Modify

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed that President Trump make changes to 10 national monuments, including Bears Ears in southern Utah, according to a memo addressed to the White House.

Scientists Track Roadless Areas Worldwide

There tends to be a controversy attached to any official designation of a wilderness area. The argument against wilderness set-asides is that they restrict

Psst, Zinke — national monuments create jobs just the way they are!

We're waiting on Zinke's announcement on the fate of 21 national monuments.

Preserving precious lands also boosts economy

As Oregonians anxiously await news of the fate of their beloved Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, now under review for possible elimination or reduction in size, it is heartening that Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are working to see that more — not less — of our beautiful public land is safeguarded for our kids and grandchildren. Their Oregon Wildlands legislation recently had a Senate hearing — an important milestone toward passage.

Trees in the Amazon make their own rain

Scientists uncover why it starts raining in the region several months before it should

Secretary Zinke, release the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made a last-minute visit to southern Oregon the weekend of July 15, and I made a quick change in my plans to be there to see

A California counter-attack could ward off land transfers

In response to Trump, the West’s most liberal state goes on the offensive.

The First Wildfire Bill Of The Trump Administration Is An Unnatural Disaster

Flames encroached, people fled, homes burned. A surplus of precipitation this winter may have busted the California drought, but as wildfires sweep the West, firefighting agencies are grappling with another blistering season.

The Best of the Best - Center for American Progress

President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke have launched an unprecedented attack on America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. In their crosshairs are 27 monuments—5 ocean and 22 land-based—that may face elimination or significant changes that undermine their protections. These national monuments help define us as a nation by protecting areas with cultural or historical significance, and they also serve as parks that provide recreation, wildlife habitat, climate change resilience, and a retreat from busy cities. A new analysis by the Center for American Progress and Conservation Science Partners of the 22 land-based national monuments at risk finds that—scientifically and ecologically speaking—these places are some of the best parks in the country.

Department of Interior Review Threatens Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

(CN) — Dave Willis rides a mid-size gelding named Chance through towering firs interspersed with ponderosa and lodgepole pine as spruce and hemlock hover over a forest floor covered with Jurassic fern. As the executive director of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council navigates through the southern reaches of the Cascade Range, lichen hang from the branches of the coniferous trees, swaying in the wind. At mid-June, the wildflower bloom is nearing its peak.

Trump asked for input on monuments — and he’s sure getting it

At a rate of more than 100 to 1, comments are flowing into the Department of the Interior denouncing the effort to review, and perhaps undo, up to 22 national monuments. On the chopping block in this state is the Hanford Reach monument along the Columbia River.

Land Almost Lost

A call to action by leading nature photographers to preserve U.S. National Monuments.

Oregon County Seeks To Block LNG Project With Ballot Measure

Voters in Oregon's Coos County are considering a May ballot measure that would block the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project. The measure is a

Could Trump dismantle the American West?

How the president’s ‘deconstruction’ doctrine threatens public lands.

Trump aims attack at national monuments: 24 at risk

President Trump is ordering a "review" of at least 24 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, a sweeping action that is intended to shrink boundaries and reduce protections. Here are some of the monuments under attack, ranging from rare wildlife habitat to Native American archaeological ruins.

Earth Day: We stand at the precipice

Rachel Carson’s 1962 book "Silent Spring" helped jump-start the modern day environmental movement. Carson passed away before the inaugural Earth Day in 1970, but as Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s important to remember that we are part of a movement to safeguard our planet, its wildlife and precious waters. Here in the Klamath-Siskiyou, over a very short period, humans utterly transformed the landscape. As recently as the 1950s, we clear-cut vital old growth forests and

The Endangered Antiquities Act

Republicans seek to weaken a transformative conservation law that has protected some of America’s most magnificent landscapes.

Opinion | No, President Trump can’t revoke national monuments

Republican plans to pare back Obama’s dedications fall short of the law.

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    The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is an advocate for the forests, wildlife and waters of the Klamath and Rogue River Basins of southwest Oregon and northwest California. We use environmental law, science, collaboration, education and grassroots organizing to defend healthy ecosystems and help build sustainable communities.

    Formed in 1997, KS Wild fights for protection and restoration of the incomparable ecological riches of southwest Oregon and northwest California. We monitor public lands in the Rogue River-Siskiyou, Klamath, Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, and the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the Bureau of Land Management.

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