The Klamath Forest Alliance is a grassroots community organization based in Orleans, California. We are centered in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, located in Northern California and Southern Oregon. This region is one of the most botanically and aquatically diverse areas in the world. It is also the largest contiguous block of wild lands remaining on the West Coast and one of the greatest concentrations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the country.
Our mission is to promote sustainable ecosystems and sustainable communities and our goal is to defend and protect the biodiversity, wildlife, waters and old growth forests of these wild and rugged watersheds. Since 1989, KFA has a history of vigilance in seeing that management agencies adhere to laws that safeguard our public lands and rivers. Our communities are predominantly rural and include several reservations and sovereign tribal governments.
In recent years our salmon populations have died in record numbers from disease caused by low flows during the hot season. The salmon’s demise, like the fire suppression tactics that too often enrage wildfires through these mountains and multiple landscape level timber sales, are stark evidence of the problems confronting us.
We are honored to work in the Klamath forest and its communities and we see human beings as an integral part of its living fabric. At the same time we stand in opposition to human misuse and mismanagement of resources, especially when done in violation of federal and state laws.
We support the ethics, culture and science of indigenous management techniques, such as underburning, ceremonial practices that insure salmon harvest at the optimum times for sustaining the populations, and harvesting practices that increase wild edible flora and fauna. We also support contemporary grass-roots strategies such as culling invasive species manually, ground-truthing timber sales and performing seasonal fish counts.
The Klamath Forest Alliance exists for individuals and organizations who identify with and are actively working toward achieving our mission. This includes anyone who wants to prevent the misuse of the forest and its products -- especially ancient trees and clean water. It also includes people and organizations who are working to renew and restore our human communities, including reconciliation between the indigenous communities and those who now control what was only a few generations ago native land. We actively pursue a more balanced understanding of conflicts over fire, forests and water in the Klamath Basin.