PARTNERING FOR THE WILD:
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AND KS WILD
KS Wild monitors and influences federal management of over eight million acres of forest, focusing on the public lands that comprise the Rogue and Klamath River watersheds. The organization strives to protect and restore forests and watersheds that stretch from the Cascades to the Coast and down through Northern California. For KS Wild, staying connected to wild places keeps the team rooted in its mission.
A land of wild rivers, the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California contains more federally recognized Wild and Scenic Rivers than any area in the lower 48, with many more streams deserving of protection. The KS Wild team is working with congressional allies to expand Wild and Scenic designations to waterways across the state to ensure permanent protection, lasting ecological value, and thoughtful recreational access.
Defending and conserving public lands remains at the forefront of KS Wild’s work. Whether engaging on federal laws and encouraging Congress to preserve wild treasures or resisting the implementation of restrictions on public lands, KS Wild is committed to protecting the Klamath-Siskiyou region. Currently the organization is pushing for climate-smart adaptation for forests and watersheds. With the launch of its new Climate Program, KS Wild uses emerging science to inform its actions and advocacy on behalf of precious ecosystems threatened by climate change. In the coming year, the U.S. Forest Service will begin a process that impacts all 18 National Forests in the Pacific Northwest through various forest plan revisions. KS Wild will be at the forefront of the effort.
In addition to working with the U.S. Forest Service, KS Wild’s stewardship team works with federal agencies and allied conservation groups to identify key projects needing volunteers on public lands. Projects include monitoring and restoring a key botanical hotspot on Eight Dollar Mountain, building a fence to protect the Alex Hole wet meadow on the Siskiyou Crest, and removing the invasive Yellow star-thistle within the Mariposa Lily Preserve in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, just to name a few. And of course, KS Wild never tires in its dedication to the precious wildlife that is often at risk in the region, such as the Pacific fisher, Siskiyou Mountains salamander, Great Gray Owl, and Coho salmon.
Sunday Afternoons is proud to partner with a local organization that has preserved and protected countless stretches of forest, public lands, and fresh waterways for almost 25 years. Because of the important work of KS Wild, we all have greater access to and appreciation for the wild.
For more information on KS Wild, visit kswild.org.
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