The Elk River watershed is a magical place of rugged mountains, majestic old-growth forests, rare marbled murrelets, endangered spotted owls, and the most productive wild salmon and steelhead fisheries outside of Alaska.

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Special Alert!

On October 31, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden announced a plan to advance legislation for a Copper Salmon Wilderness, but only if he gets enough encouragement from the public.

Convey your feelings via his website or one of his field offices.

The Senator asks that you also contact other legislators, referencing "Senator Ron Wyden’s Copper Salmon Wilderness Area Discussion Draft (10/31/00)".

Ask your friends to add their support. We’d like a groundswell of responses.

But this pristine ancient forest ecosystem continues to be threatened by clearcut logging and road building on its steep mountainsides.

For 25 years, Friends of Elk River has worked to:

  • establish the Grassy Knob Wilderness Area to protect the middle stretch of Elk River
  • obtain Wild & Scenic designation to protect a quarter-mile corridor on each side of the river

This protection is not enough – the headwaters remain vulnerable and threatened. Help us protect 12,000 acres as the "Copper Salmon Wilderness Area."

Protect the best...

Restore the rest.

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