River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

Rogue-Smith Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 7. Rogue and Smith Rivers Location: Oregon, California Nickel strip mining is proposed near the Rogue and Smith River watersheds. They need to be protected from mining through a federal mineral withdrawal. Rainie Falls – Rogue River, Oregon | Tim Palmer The Wild and Scenic Illinois Rogue (OR) and… Read more »

Run, Rogue, Run!

I am so excited to tell you about a new film produced with support from American Rivers. Click here to see “Run, Rogue, Run.” The film premiered this past weekend (November 7th and 8th) at two Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festivals in Medford and Portland, Oregon. This film takes viewers on a journey down the Wild… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(CA) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River

Last weekend I hiked down to Rainie Falls on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to watch salmon make their always impressive upstream migration. Myself, a friend and numerous “fish-watchers” were not disappointed. Hiking down to falls would be a worthwhile endeavor even without the reward of Rainie Falls. The trail, at times rough, yet… Read more »

Exploring Zach Collier’s Important Place

Kalmiopsis Country out in Oregon and California contains wild rivers that are threatened by mining. Zach Collier, a local outfitter, talks about why he loves this important place.

Save the Wild Rogue

This week former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury sounded an urgent call to action to protect Oregon’s Rogue River.  Their opinion editorial ran in the Oregonian. In 1968, the Rogue was one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, but this iconic river and its… Read more »

Saving a Wild Northwestern Gem

A local resident, Evelyn Cook, talks about why nickel mining would be a bad idea environmentally and economically for the Smith River in Oregon and California.

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Just How Outdated is the 1872 Mining Law?

The General Mining Act of 1872 is an antiquated law governing mining on public lands. We need to protect special places that are threatened under this outdated rule.