BALDFACE CREEK: WORTH MORE THAN A NICKEL MINE
The Cleopatra Mine, a large-scale strip mine proposed on Cleopatra Ridge, deep in the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area, has the potential to impact the world renowned fisheries and water quality of both Baldface Creek and the North Fork of the Smith River. The mine project would degrade wilderness quality lands in the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area, likely precluding future wilderness designation.
The area is extremely remote, wild, and inaccessible; yet the McGrew Trail, a long abandoned stage coach route through the area, can provide hikers and backpackers access to the stark peridotite ridges and clear mountain streams of the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area.
It is my contention that these places must be loved if they are to be saved. The public who owns this land must know what is truly at stake, so explore Baldface Creek and speak out for its permanent protection! The link below explores the issue and provides a detailed hiking description, guiding readers to the site of the mine and beyond.
|Map courtesy of Friends of the Kalmiopsis