The Klamath region contains some of the most intact, wild, and remote roadless areas in the United States. The Klamath Forest Alliance believes that defending these roadless areas from logging, roadbuilding, mining and grazing is critical to preserving the health of the Klamath River and its cold water tributaries. We have fought hard for past wilderness designations, and will continue to advocate for permanent protection of existing roadless areas.
Klamath National Forest
There are over 400,000 acres
of roadless areas in the Klamath National Forest that we have identified (See California Wilderness Coalition Siskiyou, Red Buttes, Marble Mountain, Russian and Trinity Alps Potential Wilderness Additions). These roadless areas contain some of the greatest diversity of tree and plant species in the world, and are the source of the Klamath's world class fishing and rafting opportunites.
Six Rivers National Forest
Nestled high above the Klamath drainage, are roadless areas that contain a lush variety of plant and animal species, and cover for species that live along the Western portion of the Klamath River. The Orleans Roadless Area, contains over 15,700 acres, and is home to rare orchids, salamanders, northern spotted owls, goshawks, fishers, martens, steelhead, chinook, and coho salmon.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mount Shasta is the anchor for this forest, which spans from the Medicine Lake Highlands to the Trinity River. There are both high elevation and low elevation roadless areas that surround Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake, Trinity River and the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. These roadless areas include the Castle Craigs, Mount Eddy, and Girard Ridge potential wilderness additions which are well known recreation destinations.
Modoc National Forest
Home to the Medicine Lake Highlands and Warner Mountain Wilderness Areas, Modoc National Forest has several large roadless areas. Over 269,265 acres have been mapped, including the Big Rattlesnake, Captain Jack, Lost River, Medicine Lake Highlands, and North & South Warner potential wilderness additions. These roadless areas include river basins and high elevation peaks of Hemlock, Mountain Mahogany and Lodgepole Pine.
The mountains and springs that form the headwaters of the Klamath Basin are the focus of roadless area protection for this area. Working with our partner groups in Oregon, we have successfully stopped ski area development on Pelican Butte, one of the largest Bald Eagle nesting areas in the Klamath Basin, and advocated for the creation of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument.