Protect Coastal Wild Wild Rivers from Nickel Strip Mining



Strip mining threatens wild rivers, salmon strongholds & botanical treasures
Mining companies want to strip mine nickel in the pristine headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Smith and Illinois Rivers along California and Oregon’s renowned wild rivers coast. Nearby Hunter Creek and Pistol River are also at risk. Despite overwhelming opposition, the archaic 1872 Mining Law prioritizes mining over all other land uses!
With crystal clear water, robust salmon runs, and globally unique botanical values, these National Forest and BLM lands are too special to mine!
The Interior Department is considering a proposal to protect these wild rivers by temporarily withdrawing 100,000 acres of surrounding public lands from mining while Congress considers legislation —the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act— for more lasting protection.

What’s at stake?
- Vital stronghold for wild salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat
- Public lands that support a treasure trove of botanical diversity with one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in North America!
- Pure drinking water for local communities A 20-year mineral withdrawal is the best way to secure the region’s extraordinary wildlands, wild rivers, and salmon runs into the future!
A 20-year mineral withdrawal is the best way to secure the region’s extraordinary wildlands, wild rivers, and salmon runs into the future!
Tell the Forest Service to protect coastal wild rivers from nickel strip mining!


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