Although currently under-protected, the Siskiyou Crest region contains an abundance of intact wildland habitats, including some that are protected through Congressional legislation, and a patchwork of administrative designations with varying levels of administrative protections through the Forest Service and BLM.
Only the areas protected through Congressional legislation or the Antiquities Act, such as National Recreation Areas, National Monuments, and Wilderness Areas have permanent, durable protections; whereas, administrative designations have no permanence, sometimes contain loopholes for damaging uses, are often poorly managed and can be changed, altered or eliminated in future Forest Service or BLM management plans.
1 National Monument: Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
2 Designated Wilderness Areas: Red Buttes Wilderness Area and the Siskiyou Wilderness Area
A portion of 1 National Recreation Area: Smith River National Recreation Area
12 Inventoried Roadless Areas
17 Botanical Areas
3 Geologic Areas
3 Research Natural Areas
2 Lands with Wilderness Characteristics on BLM Lands
6 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
13 Large Late Successional Reserve Forests
21 BLM Recreation Management Areas
14 Citizen-identified Roadless Areas
Located on Medford District BLM, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Klamath National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest, these unique natural habitats and important conservation areas, and their incredible biological values, would benefit from a more comprehensive and focused approach towards management of the Siskiyou Crest region as a connectivity, climate and biodiversity hotspot. Unfortunately, the management of these areas is not conducted in a unified way and biological objectives in applicable management plans are often never implemented, enforced or achieved.