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Protect pure water, native salmon & steelhead, and wild lands

Save Oregon & California Wild Rivers from Strip Mining

Foreign companies want to mine unique wild areas in Southwest Oregon and Northwest California.

At stake:

  • The purest of waters and wildest of rivers,
  • Native salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout, and
  • A vast ancient geologic feature with one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in North America.

But the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management say they can’t prevent mining unless the areas are withdrawn from the 1872 Mining Law's jurisdiction.


Baldface Creek Photo: JR Weir

Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congressmen DeFazio have long supported mineral withdrawals for the fragile watersheds of Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks (headwaters of the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Smith River), and we’ve urged them to add greater Red Flat –an equally fragile area--to their roster.

That's not much time. The delegation needs to take immediate measures to introduce legislation to withdraw the area from mining, and to work with the Obama administration to immediately segregate those lands. This will protect the area from new mining claims and require a validity exam of the existing claims.

TAKE ACTION: Urge the Obama Administration and delegation to take immediate measures to withdraw this area from mining!

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