Friday, April 15, 2016

Take Action for the North Fork of the Smith River

Protect the North Fork of the Smith River water quality by providing comments to the Oregon DEQ

Please take a moment to express support for protecting the invaluable North Fork of the Smith River which waters flow into the iconic Smith River in northern California.
Eight decades of important protections have been secured for the Smith River through the Redwood State and National Park, Wild and Scenic river designations as well as the Smith River National Recreation Area Designations.

Incredibly, in spite of all this great work to protect the Smith - a threat still exists.  An international mining company is actively pursuing plans to develop a nickel strip mine in the headwaters of the wild and scenic North Fork of the Smith River here in Oregon.  The Red Flat Nickel Corporation would locate their mine south of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness within the Baldface Creek drainage, which is a key tributary to the NF Smith. By protecting Bald Face Creek we protect superb habitat for steelhead and protect the water quality within the Smith River basin which will help all the steelhead that call the Smith home.

Support the proposal to designate outstanding resource waters in Oregon.  Comments are being accepted until April 20th!

Simply go to to the Oregon DEQ's websiteHERE, and add your support.

Below is a sample letter you can copy and paste if you like.

“My name is_________________ and I support and encourage the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to designate the North Fork Smith River and its tributaries located in southwest Oregon, as Outstanding Resource Waters.  State and Federal agencies, sportsmen and recreation enthusiasts all recognize the exceptional water quality of the NF Smith and the valuable fisheries, which includes threatened species and critical habitat.  The watersheds of the North Fork Smith River have ecological significance, as well as, hosting many rare and unique plant species.” 

Please share and thank you for supporting wild steelhead protections.

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