Unconstitutional origins of the Endangered
Species Act, Times Digest July-Aug
The Many Facets of The
Endangered Species Act, by Julie Smithson, posted to KBC 9/7/05.
This well-researched document details getting species listed, methods
used, United Nations ESA mandate, examples, species recovery success
rate, etc. A must-read for the objective student of
Emails about the book
The Great Salmon Hoax by James
Buchal have been circulating in the
midst of Klamath dam destruction
schemes. Dams, mismanagement,
Endangered Species Act, ..."This
book is written to begin debunking
these myths and provide a
comprehensive summary of the best
available scientific evidence on the
prospects for salmon recovery. It
also tells the many stories of how
these myths arose, who is promoting
them, and how the promoters have
overcome both science and law.
Myth #1: Columbia Basin Salmon Are
in Danger of Extinction."
The Endangered Species Act Fundamental Flaws, by Senator Doug Whitsett 12/12/11. "...These provisions have allowed the intent, implementation and outcomes of the Act to be hijacked to serve the greed and exploitation of preservationist factions both inside and outside of government agencies...In spite of the expenditure of billions of tax dollars, the species recovery rate is less than 1.5 percent."
DeFazio wolf comments uncalled for, H&N by Capital
Press 12/7/18. "...Rep.
Peter DeFazio, a Democrat who represents Oregon’s 4th
District, in defense of keeping federal protections on
wolves. He called the bill “a talking point for a few
House wolf debate features OR-7, WSU, ‘idiots,"
Capital Press 11/20/18
Delisting of Wolves passes the house,
11/16/18: H.R. 6784: Manage our Wolves Act:
To provide for removal of the gray wolf in the
contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and
Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered
Species Act of 1973.
H.R. 6784: Manage our
Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]:
Rep. Doug LaMalfa
Saving the sucker species, Summit with Senator
are about 50,000 Lost River sucker left in Upper Klamath
Record number of
suckers recovered. Biologists find 732 juvenile suckers near
A Canal screen, H&N 12/18/15.
with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) found the largest number of juvenile Lost
River and shortnose suckers since fish salvage operations
began in the Klamath Project in the late 1990s."
Klamath Refuge construction an effort to save salmon (on
the Columbia River). Habitat restoration aimed at
dispersing (baby-fish-eating) Caspian Tern populations,
H&N 2/14/18. "...According to
Beckstrand, the Caspian tern population along the
Columbia River has been responsible for around 15
million to 20 million salmon smolts being eaten
annually. The cormorant population growing on East Sand
Island is estimated to be responsible for an additional
11 million young salmon each year..."
More articles on imported fish-eating Caspian Terns
thrived in warm water with low lake levels, H&N KBC 11/11/18
Klamath Tribes drop ESA lawsuit against BOR. Merkley to hold
PRIVATE Sucker Recovery Summit November 16 in Klamath Falls,
Science behind listing of endangered fish should be
by Christine Hankins,
Bonanza, letter to H&N 7/3/18. "...has
anyone ever wondered how the ”endangered” short-nosed
sucker existed for millennia before the local dams ...
made it possible to keep lake and river levels so high?"
Environmental, fishing groups sue Oregon over coho
salmon, Statesman Journal 6/13/18.
"...Poor logging practices by the Oregon Department of
Forestry is causing real harm to the Oregon coast coho
and commercial fishing families who depend on these
magnificent fish for their livelihoods," Glen Spain (PCFFA/IFR
attorney) said, the northwest regional director for the
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and
the Institute of Fisheries Resources, both plaintiffs in
"Rather than seek out yet another unrelated
non-profit to funnel the money through, PCFFA
created a new organization..." IFR /
Institute for Fisheries Resources. KBC
NOTE: That link directs you to PCFFA/IFR page detailing
their many Earthjustice (partially funded by George
Soros) lawsuits against Klamath Irrigators in the
takings case, power rate case, shutting down suction
dredge mining, Klamath River water quality TMDL's,
essentially against timber harvest, farming, mining and
Funds ($1M) set aside for endangered species study,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM THE JUDGMENT AND
CLARIFYING INJUNCTION ORDERS April 30, 2018.
argument mainly rests on the effects of the Klamath
River Project on the family farms and ranches in the
Project’s irrigation districts...I am not free to favor
economic or other interests over potential harm
to endangered species..."
"...the injunctions prioritizes first and foremost the wellbeing of
the endangered species (both the Coho salmon and the
sucker fish to the extent that they are affected), then
the federally-protected rights of the tribes, and
finally the rights of the irrigation districts. Federal
defendants have not shown that so-called partial
implementation cannot meet the objectives of the
injunctions, nor that even some lesser amount of Reserve
Water would provide no benefits...."
"...Because the injunctions demand partial compliance in the event
that full compliance is not possible, federal
defendants’ proposal of releasing water to the Project
is clearly inconsistent with their duties. Under the
injunctions, they are not permitted to release any water
to the irrigation districts that could be instead used
to implement Measure 4, even if only partially..."
Irrigators may get their water as judge mulls altering
injunction, H&N 4/20/18.
Sucker fish success requires cooperation, H&N by
Tracy Liskey 4/3/18. "In
the past all we have done is keep the water levels
higher and the fish population has done nothing but
continue to decrease and the basin economy decrease
because of water restrictions..." KBC NOTE:
It's been stated at meetings for more than 15 years that
the fish die-offs happen when water managers mandate
historically high lake levels for the fish.
Science Workshop Feb. 3, 2004:
Dr William Lewis Jr of the National Resources Committee
"explained that the suckers
were listed since 1988 because of over harvest.
They stopped fishing in '87 but they did not
recover. The lake has gone from 3' range under
natural conditions to experiencing 6' deep in
current dry years. With charts and graphs he showed
the habitat and water quality, algae and
chlorophyll. He said that the committee looked
extensively at water levels, and they find 'no hint
of a relationship'. He also said that there was no
relationship between lower water levels and extreme
ph levels. And "the committee cannot support the
idea that water levels effect algae growth.' "It can
not be achieved by lake levels." '92 was the lowest
water year, and they expected it to be the least
favorable for fish. 'The lowest water year produced
the same amount of larvae as other years.
He said that fish kill information
does not support that fish are dying by changing
water level. 'We need to look at other locations.' "
Species battle pits protected sea lions against fragile
fish, H&N 3/23/18. "
the mammals’ numbers dropped dramatically but have
rebounded from 30,000 in the late 1960s to about 300,000
today due to the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection
Act...Last winter, a record-low 512 wild winter
steelhead completed the journey, said Shaun Clements,
the state wildlife agency’s senior policy adviser. Less
than 30 years ago, that number was more than 15,000...Of
all the adults that are returning to the falls here, a
quarter of them are getting eaten.”
Groups seek protection for unique Oregon salamander,
The Oregonian 3/13/18.
Study blames pot farms for poisoning of threatened owls,
H&N 1/12/18. "...Researchers
from the University of California, Davis, and the
California Academy of Sciences tested 10 northern
spotted owls found dead in the region. Seven of the owls
tested positive for rat poison, used by pot farmers to
keep rodents away from their irrigation systems and
owl controversy renews over logging plan, KCBY News
6/12/07. "The Bush administration Tuesday proposed
cutting 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests
considered critical to the survival of the northern
spotted owl, reopening the 1990s battle between timber
production and wildlife habitat on public lands..."
killing a type of owl to see effect on other owls,
ABC News, posted to KBC 1/14/18
million to hunt the barred owl that killed the spotted
owl, H&N 1/24/14
Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage
grouse, H&N 2/26/16.
Birds play role in sucker numbers, H&N 1/29/16.
“ 'Predation rates on suckers at Clear Lake were
highest by birds nesting at the lake...The
predation on suckers in 2014 and 2015 pretty
much came from whatever got to nest on Last
Chance Island,' Hewitt said." KBC NOTE:
Historically Clear Lake was a meadow. When The
Klamath Reclamation Project was built, it stored
some water in that meadow and was named Clear
Lake. The federal government took the reservoir
and named it a bird refuge, nurturing pelicans
and cornerants, keeping out people, and
mandating certain amounts of "endangered"
suckers that never before lived in that meadow.
Now the cormorants and pelicans are eating the
suckers, keeping them endangered in that former
of fish-eating Cormorants eating baby suckers?
Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter:
is NOT commonly known is that the second largest
nesting colony of Double Crested Cormorants in
the Western United States and Canada is located
on Upper Klamath Lake. There may be as many as
six thousand breeding pairs of these birds
reproducing in the Upper Klamath Basin...When
will the biologists look to see if the immense
population of Double Crested Cormorants living
in the Upper Klamath Basin may be simply eating
the young endangered suckers?"
Reclamation Announces Increased Numbers of Lost
River and Shortnose Sucker Fish in the Klamath
Project, BOR 12/17/15. "Bureau
of Reclamation biologists found the largest
number of juvenile Lost River and shortnose
sucker fish since fish salvage operations began
on the Klamath Project...the
Swimming upstream: Biologists monitor
endangered suckers, H&N
11/27/15. "...scientists have tagged
roughly 30,000 Lost River and
Judge clears barred owl removal study,
Capital Press July 21, 2015. "Populations
of the northern spotted owl, which is protected
under the Endangered Species Act, have continued
to decline in recent decades despite strict
limits on logging...U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service authorized an experiment to remove 3,600
barred owls over four years, typically by
shooting them, to see if spotted owl recovery
improves...the barred owl has consistently
invaded the spotted owl’s territory since the
1970s...the removal study costs $1 million a
Project irrigators could get new fed status.
‘Applicant status’ may allow for more input in
ESA development, H&N 7/18/15.
amendment was proposed by by U.S. Reps. Greg
Walden, ROre., and Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., to
help protect Klamath Project water users in
Oregon and California...the
amendment gives Project water users “applicant
status,” ensuring they are included in
Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations that
affect Project water operations."
Tracking suckers in drought proves to be a
tricky task. Spawning data hard to come by
in low water, H&N 5/21/15.
"75 Clear Lake
suckers received telemetry tags, more than
10,000 have been fitted with another type of tag..."
KBC NOTE: Clear Lake was historically a
meadow. When Reclamation rerouted water to
create farmland, they put water in the meadow to
evaporate. Our government has made it into a
bird refuge with a mandate of how many suckers
must exist, thus restricting stored water use
of cormorants shot to protect Columbia
salmon, H&N 5/29/15
Senator Doug Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter:
Thousands of fish-eating Cormorants eating
is NOT commonly known is that the second
largest nesting colony of Double Crested
Cormorants in the Western United States and
Canada is located on Upper Klamath Lake.
There may be as many as six thousand
breeding pairs of these birds reproducing in
the Upper Klamath Basin...When
will the biologists look to see if the
immense population of Double Crested
Cormorants living in the Upper Klamath Basin
may be simply eating the young endangered
Preservation plan unveiled for sage grouse.
affect 10 states, oil and natural gas
H&N 5/29/15 followed by
Interior proposes land controls to
preserve Nevada sage grouse, Las Vegas
impact of sage-grouse restrictions on just
the oil and natural gas industry will be
between 9,170 and 18,250 jobs and $2.4
billion to $4.8 billion of annual economic
impact across Colorado, Montana, Utah and
of Interior is updating management plans
covering 165 million acres — an area
the size of Texas — in consideration of the
Washington ranchers wary of (sage) grouse
Capital Press 5/5/15. "Creston,
Wash., rancher Dawn Nelson says she would have
to reduce her herd of more than 120 by roughly
half if she were to sign up...They say it’s
voluntary to sign up, but if you don’t sign up
and you happen to have a bird die on your place
or an accidental take, they can come back and
sue you,' Nelson said."
$4 million for
wildfire strategy -Sage Grouse Habitat
, H&N, posted
to KBC 5/7/15.
Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect
Tribes in 13 States Receive $4.2 Million
From Service for Conservation Work, FWS
California and Southern Oregon Tribes
lands encompass millions of acres of
important habitat for hundreds of wildlife
species across the nation...Since its
inception in 2003, the competitive Tribal
Wildlife Grants program has awarded more
than $68 million to Native American tribes,
providing support for more than 400
Tribe ($176,771)...This project will support
specific goals of the California Condor
Recovery Plan. The Klamath Tribes ($200,000)
The Re-introducing Extinct Populations of
Endangered Suckers in the Upper Klamath
Basin grant will assess and restore spawning
habitat for endangered Lost River and
shortnose suckers in Upper Klamath Lake
Salmon habitat rules on the table, and
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, H&N 10/24/14.
Doug Whitsett, R-Ore., said he is concerned
about restrictions being placed on the
diversion canal connecting Lost River to the
Klamath River. He said the diversion is at
the “heart of the Klamath Project.”
Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon
threat, KATU 9/30/14.
"The plan marks
the second time that
Act actions have
pointed to marijuana
as a threat. The
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service has
been looking at rat
poison left around
California as a
factor in whether to
list the Pacific
fisher as a
Go HERE for
numerous articles on huge pot plantations
near the Klamath River, on the Hoopa Indian
reservation, in our locked-up forests.
Corps seeking comment on plans to again
reduce Caspian Tern nesting area on East
Sand Island, Due Feb 21, 2014,
“In 2013, at
1.58 acres of nesting habitat on East Sand
Island, the number of nesting pairs was near
7,600 and predation on juvenile salmon was
near 4.7 million...“In 2013, approximately
680 Caspian terns moved from East Sand
Island to some of the constructed inland
sites, including Summer Lake, Malheur Lake,
Crump Lake, Sheepy Lake, and Tule Lake.”
predators eat baby fish and were relocated
to Tule Lake and Klamath refuges. Our baby
suckers are mysteriously vanishing. 100,000
acres of irrigation water were shut off
above the Klamath Project because Indians
demanded it due to low juvenile sucker
counts, claiming more water in the lake
makes more suckers.
Write comments regarding Columbia building
Caspian Tern habitat, terns killed millions
of juvenile salmon so they relocated them
here, and plan to relocate more.
$3.5 million to hunt the barred owl that
killed the spotted owl, H&N Forum
Feds begin killing barred owls to help
spotted owl, Daily Herald 1/20/14
Sage grouse plan seeking comments by
Jan. 13, H&N 1/2/14.
draft EIS has six possible management
alternatives for maintaining and
increasing habitat for greater sage
grouse on BLM lands in Oregon. The BLM
has about 10 million acres in Oregon
that provides greater sage grouse
Feds begin barred owl kills to help spotted owl, H&N, 12/21/13.
"Major cutbacks in logging in old growth forest that spotted owls prefer as habitat have not turned around their population decline, and scientists want to see if removing competition from the more aggressive barred owl will make a difference."
Officials oppose Oregon spotted frog
habitat; all three commissioners voted to send an opposition letter to USFW,
H&N, 12/7/13. "Klamath County commissioners are voicing their opposition
to designating more than 56,000 acres in Oregon as critical habitat for the
Oregon spotted frog, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing
to list as a threatened species...of the 53,866 acres in Oregon considered
for critical habitat, 27,825 are in Klamath County and 8,823 acres in
Klamath County are on private land."
Group files suit to stop barred owl shooting, H&N 10/3/13
Spotted Frog Protection; Endangered listing could have impact on Basin; some say ruling would be positive; others disagree, H&N, posted toKBC 9/1/13. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday a one-year period to assess whether to designate the Oregon spotted frog as threatened, and whether 68,192 acres and 23 stream miles should be listed as critical habitat throughout Washington and Oregon."
Feds to start shooting
barred owls, The Westerner 7/24/13. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service on Tuesday released a final environmental review of an experiment to
see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim
territory they’ve been driven out of over the past half-century."
Lack of forest logging to blame for fires, H&N letter to editor, posted to KBC 7/9/13. "I’m still waiting for just one environmentalist, one environmental group, or anyone else who played an active or sedentary role in stopping logging to save the spotted owl, to come forward and publicly protest the illegal marijuana grows in our national forests, national parks, and Native American Indian reservations, after it’s been proven the pesticides used on these grows are killing spotted owls and fishers."
Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge - Floating Islands Enhance Salmonid Recovery by Creating Alternative Nesting Habitat for Caspian Terns, US Army Corp of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA Fisheries plan succeeded, with OSU and USGS, to bring fish predators to Klamath Basin. Floating Island International 2010, posted to KBC 6/13/13. "In February 2010, FIW and Just Buckets built and launched a 40,000sq. ft. floating island at Sheepy Lake in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge." (The fish-predator Caspian Terns population in 2010 went from 0 to 325 in 3 months on Lower Klamath.) "This innovative island has been a tremendous success, as the Sheepy Lake tern colony appears to have had the highest nesting success of any Caspian tern colony in the region during 2010."
A new two-acre island
for Caspian terns, shown before it was flooded, was built at
the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Restoring refuges - Wildlife refuges benefit from stimulus
funds, H&N, posted 10/16/09.
bring Caspian tern project to Siskiyou County, Siskyou
Daily News 8/12/09. "...the Tulelake reserve rock
island’s cost is approximately $1.1 million, the Orems unit
rock island’s cost is approximately $650,000 and the Sheepy
Lake floating island’s cost is approximately $2.3
million...an estimated colony of 10,000 nesting pairs of
Caspian terns on Rice Island in the Columbia River were
consuming approximately 6 million to 25 million salmonid
smolts per year, according to a 1999 USACE report."
Oregon Senator Doug
Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter:
Thousands of fish-eating Cormorants eating baby suckers?
Rat poison left outside illegal pot
plantations threatens spotted owls: "The
(Hoopa)tribe has received a $200,000 grant from Fish and Wildlife ... to
cleaning up as many as five pot plantations identified on the reservation"
PRESS RELEASE - Members Launch Endangered Species Act Working Group, House Natural Resources Committee, posted to KBC 5/11/13.
tells feds to study owls before selling timber, Capital Press, posted to
KBC 4/6/13. “Arguably, this means every timber sale in the Northwest
Forest Plan area has to have an EIS...The EIS will likely come to the same
conclusions, but will delay the timber project by up to a year and use up
agency resources...That seems wasteful and unnecessary.”
Ranchers wary of
rules expanding scope of ESA, Capital Press 3/27/13. "cattle
can be subject to greater restrictions on grazing near streams that are
considered critical habitat even if no endangered or threatened fish swim in
them, said Budd-Falen..."
industry challenges spotted owl habitat, Capital Press 3/22/13.
Who did the spotted owl studies?
Former Yurok forestry director released from jail; Raymond accused of embezzling tribal funds, posted to KBC 3/7/13. "Raymond and two biologists are accused of using an elaborate system of fake invoices, false purchase requests and electronic bank transfers to embezzle more than $870,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe during a three-year period of wildlife preservation studies." (these included faked spotted owl studies). For more, see
Klamath Science Misconduct page
Forests and logging page
Environmental groups abuse ESA, Hastings says, Capital Press 2/25/13
Department of Interior Federal Register: over 2 million acres proposed critical habitat for yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad, 1,105,400 acres. 750,926 acres in Yosemite: Part 2 Part 3 Public Comments due June 24, 2013. Mining and timber country..."Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Mariposa, Mono, Madera, Tuolumne, Fresno, and Inyo Counties, California"
Plea deal in works for Raymond in $1M embezzlement case; no federal charges yet for LeValley, McAllister, times Standard 9/26/12. "Raymond and biologists Sean McAllister and Ron LeValley are accused of using an elaborate system of fake invoices, false purchase requests and electronic bank transfers to embezzle more than $870,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe during a three-year period of wildlife preservation studies (includes spotted owl studies)." HERE for Klamath Science Misconduct page
stretching Endangered Species Act, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia
Armstrong 9/4/12--coho, wolf, spotted owls. HERE for
Attacks Against Rural Counties,
from Dr Richard Gierak
Spotted Owl listing, Coho, Fish Kill, Yurok boat dance, water pulse,
ranchers in the Langell Valley familiar with water crises,
H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/12. "Under
federally-mandated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinions, a
minimum lake level is required to support the short-nose sucker, an
(KBC NOTE: There is a mandatory lake level in Clear Lake for
"endangered" suckers. Before the Klamath Project was built, Clear Lake
was a meadow. The reservoir was built to evaporate water so farmers
could farm. The Project also pumped water out of this closed basin into
Klamath River, water which historically did not reach the river. The
federal government now demands a higher-than-historical lake level for
salmon because of the ESA / Endangered Species Act. )
Humboldt: Federal charges against former Yurok forestry director over $1 million embezzlement,
"Raymond, LeValley and McAllister used an elaborate system of fake invoices, false purchase requests and electronic bank transfers to embezzle more than $870,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe during a three year period of wildlife preservations studies... The surveys that allegedly were never conducted primarily purported to be for spotted owl research..."
Stand-replacement fire: PNW forest conditions pose biggest threat to spotted
species, Columbia Basin Bulletin 7/27/12
Let the River Run: Strategies to Remove Obsolete Dams and Defeat Resulting Fifth
Amendment Taking Claims, by Christopher Scoones, Seattle Journal of
Environmental Law, 2012. KBC EDITOR: the message is how to deny claims of
communities and resource users when they destroy dams, and use the ESA to force
dam removal. "The Endangered Species Act (ESA) can be an effective tool for
the removal of public and private hydropower and nonhydropower dams..."
There is local timber that could be cut, Bob Jensen, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/12. "The 1990 Timber Management Plan for the Fremont-Winema National Forests called for a timber harvest of approximately 490 million board feet...this volume was never met due to legal challenges to various timber sales because of spotted owl and salmon controversies, so that today the two national forests produce approximately 50 to 60 million board feet annually."
The Yurok Grift, Questions linger in million-dollar embezzlement scheme after fugitive surrenders,
North Coast Journal, posted to KBC 4/14/12. "Field had already figured out that the Mad River Biologists invoices submitted for spotted owl research were fakes...an associate at Mad River Biologists acknowledged that they hadn’t conducted the surveys in question."
Ocean anglers get long salmon season; In Brookings, Gold Beach area it runs May 1 through Sept. 9, Mail Tribune 4/7/12. "The liberal seasons are possible because more than 1.6 million chinook are estimated to be headed toward Northern California's Klamath River, the highest number in more than 30 years."
National Marine Fisheries Service: ‘Chinook not endangered, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/7/12. "The agency says several studies have “found that spring-run and fall-run populations in the Salmon River were nearly indistinguishable genetically and that spring and fall-run populations in the South Fork Trinity were extremely similar to each other and to the Trinity River hatchery stocks.”
ESA partially to blame for bird kill at refuges, Debbie Kliewer, H&N letter 4/7/12.
Owl plan could fall to local agencies, Proposal calls for shooting barred owls, H&N, posted to KBC 3/12/12
U.S. plans to kill barred owls to save spotted owl, San Francisco Chronicle 2/29/12. "The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird's population continues to decline - a 40 percent slide in 25 years." According to Siskiyou County Sheriff Lopey at Saturday's sheriff meeting in Yreka, in the early 80's there were over 22 lumber mills, and now only 2 are functional, and 65% of land in the county is public land. Endangered Species Act / ESA mandates locked up the forests to save the spotted owl. It devastated Siskiyou economy, they have one of the highest unemployment rate. KBC NOTE: Sacrificing the forest, wildlife and owls by rampant wildfires, and communities and economies, all by false science, did not save the spotted owls.
HERE and HERE about 2 esteemed spotted owl scientists.
Rex Cozzalio responds to
newest program to impregnate Shasta River with fertilized coho eggs —
preposterous, it is, PienPolitics 2/10/12
Timber industry files lawsuit against murrelet designation, posted to KBC 1/31/12. "Because humans almost never see the bird, the FWS seems to think it can throw a net over millions of acres of federal timber land that not only aren’t being used by the bird, but don’t even have the characteristics it is looking for when it flies inland to lay its eggs. Someone has to speak up about this violation of the limits of the ESA.”
Guest Opinion ESA cripples communities 1/11/12, by Rod Kerr
Wolf worries, Siskiyou Daily 1/11/12.
“There is no allowance under the law for killing of a wolf that is going after or preying upon livestock, but there is an allowance if there is a direct threat to life and limb for humans.”
Cliff Wooten, former Lin County Commissioner and former resident of Tulelake, Calif. "With the problems of the "poor" management of the irrigation water (trying to save the "sucker" fish at Klamath Lake) the future of Tulelake farming is in jeopardy. I might add the entire lake was poisoned back in the mid 60's to kill all the sucker fish and now the same irresponsible government agencies are trying to "save" this fish which was destroying habitat of other fish. I can't count all the rowboat loads of dead suckerfish that was removed from Klamath Lake at Moore Park. The dead fished floated up and the wind "stacked" them at the park and I remember working for the Klamath Park Department "scooping up" these fish and our boats were dragged ashore and the dead fish loaded in County trucks and hauled away as fertilizer."
AUDIO - Attorney Karen Budd-Falen interviewed by Kirk McKinzie about Equal Access to Justice Act / EAJA, "The ESA does not require the agency to know how many species there are before it's listed...What the Obama administration is proposing is, let's include critical habitat in places where the species may feel like living someday..." Karen explains how the federal government reimburses environmental groups and litigants like Earthjustice and Center for Biological Diversity for attorney fees suing the federal government, however individuals or small groups rarely are reimbursed when trying to save their farms or property. The government does not account for how much money it gives these groups for fees.
House panel probes inner workings of ESA, Capital Press 12/14/11
Excessive Endangered Species Act litigation threatens species recovery, job creation and economic growth, Natural Resources Committee, 12/6/11
Federal Management of Oregon's Forest Lands, Senator Doug Whitsett Newsletter 8/12/11. "federal district court ruled that the owl was threatened under the Endangered Species Act and that nearly unlimited critical habitat was required to preserve the bird from extinction...Oregon’s annual timber harvest from federal lands plummeted from 60 percent to 12 percent. Nearly 300 timber mills closed and more than 30,000 family wage jobs were lost."
Little hope in delisting endangered sucker, by Warren Haught, Klamath Falls 7/22/11. "Our local 11.8 percent unemployment rate is in large part due to the ESA."
My Turn: Fish, frogs and owls didn't survive the Wallow Fire, by Douglas Brown, AZ 7/16/11
One owl horning in on another, H&N, posted to KBC 7/7/11. "One of the potential removal methods involves shooting the barred owls."
followed by: Owl plan hinges on killing rival;
Spotted owls not recovering; may be linked to barred owl.
(KBC NOTE: a few decades ago the federal government poisoned suckers, killing thousands of them. Now the plan is to kill little barred owls...?)
Wildfires threaten protected habitats; wolves, owls among the endangered, H&N, posted to KBC 7/7/11. "Crown fires in overgrown forests have become the greatest cause of unusual losses for the (spotted owl) birds, and 73 protected nesting areas were burned in the fire,...The burned forest supports more than a dozen other endangered or threatened species, including snails, frogs and fish. Dozens of other species live in the forest that aren’t rare, including bear, deer, antelope and a herd of elk that, at about 6,000, is among the state’s biggest."
Environmentalism on taxpayers' dime,
Victorville Daily Press Opinion April 18, 2011.
the Center is one of four environmental groups seeking
to protect the “spring run” of the Upper Klamath chinook
salmon under the Endangered Species Act by submitting a
petition seeking to designate the fish as a “distinct
2000 and 2009, eight environmental groups — led by the
Center for Biological Diversity — filed at least 1,596
federal court cases against the federal
government....These same environmental groups are
receiving billions of tax dollars in attorney fees for
settling or ‘winning’ cases against the federal
environmental reform, Klamath
Commissioners vote to
support changes to Endangered Species Act,
No salmon above Klamath River stateline, by James
Waddell, Karuk People tribal member 4/14/11. From A. L.
Kroeber’s “HANDBOOK OF THE INDIANS OF CALIFORNIA” “The
salmon are said not to run into the Klamath Lake or above,
and streams are much smaller and standing bodies of water
infinitely more important than in the northwest. …”
More letters and research by James Waddell
Chinook salmon could get
endangered species protection,
Petition passes; year-long review process begins,
H&N, followed by
Agency will examine Klamath Chinook listing,
Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/14/11.
NOTE: each plaintiff,
KLAMATH SISKIYOU WILDLANDS CENTER; ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER; KLAMATH FOREST ALLIANCE;
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY" is supported by
Earthjustice, supported by
George Soros. They also oppose salvage logging trees
burnt up in a fire. Same force and $ behind the NGO's in the
SUCKERS AND THE ESA / Endangered Species Act
water released, canals fill;
anticipate normal water year,
H&N 4/5/11. "Last
year at this time, the A Canal wasn’t flowing" (KBC
NOTE: because of government lake level mandates
for suckers.) "Wildlife
refuges in Lower Klamath and Tule Lake didn’t
get water last year either."
for more pix of 2010 water on Tule Lake refuges)
< KBC Photo of Tule Lake refuge in 2010
you’re it Biologists tagging endangered suckers
in Lake Ewauna, H&N 4/5/11. "The
initial reason (for tagging) was to find out how
many there are...”The
estimated few thousand suckers are ... not large
enough to potentially push the fish off the
endangered species list."
Water, sucker science argued at
conference, H&N 2/4/04, "(William
Lewis, chair of the National Research Council
committee) said ...the finding that water levels
in Upper Klamath Lake aren't as important for
suckers as previously thought, ...(the NRC) found that lake
levels aren't a "master control" for larval
suckers, Lewis said."
MORE on William Lewis and lakes levels for
suckers at 2004 science conference.
A Vogel, Fisheries Scientist written testimony
about endangered suckers (KBC NOTE: Vogel says
there were 10's of thousands more suckers than
estimated when they were listed as endangered,
however gov't agencies won't allow them to be
delisted.) July 17, 2004.
HERE for 2004
Congressional Hearing on the ESA, and testimony
HERE for Klamath ESA
DVD, sectioned film of the 2004 hearing and
County Republican Central Committee letter to Klamath
Irrigation District and other Klamath Basin Irrigation
Districts regarding the ESA/Endangered Species Act,
posted to KBC 3/28/11
Scientists to study lethal removal of barred owls, H&N posted 3/13/11
Foreign and domestic train wreck in the
making - more of the ESA, Budd Falen
Law, posted to KBC 1/26/11
Governors air gripes about Endangered
Western governors meet for two-day
posted to KBC 12/19/10
World Governments Agree on Zero Extinction
Target at Convention On Biological Diversity
Conference in Nagoya, Japan, American Bird
Conservancy, posted to KBC 10/30/10
Another town needs help. Please watch this
20 minute video. We lived this
in 2001 when our water was shut off, and other
Klamath Basin farmers lived a water shutoff this
year. People with water rights signed by the
President of the U.S.A. Thanks Awaker on our
for finding this sad story told by Americans on
the East Coast being destroyed by environmental
groups and the same government agencies.
requires real repairs, Capital Press editorial
posted to KBC 9/19/10
regulations violate Constitution, Capital Press,
posted to KBC 8/28/10
Standard on Salmon Losses? California Ag Network
Basin home to diverse population of lampreys, H&N, posted
to KBC 2/15/10. (KBC Note: The Klamath agreement supports
planting more lampreys / fish parasites, in Klamath Bason.)
rivals targeted, H&N 12/10/09
Board approval and Chairman’s signature on attached letter to
the Klamath Basin NWR Complex. (Farm Advisor)
Modoc County Supervisor's audio, posted to KBC 12/3/09
ESA blamed for low
flows (Calif. Central Valley), Capital Press 12/3/09
ESA Pitted against our economy, by Nita Still 11/20/09
the sucker, how the fish was listed as endangered,
Critical habitat: Providing safe havens for fish
Jill Aho, Herald and News, posted to KBC 9/17/09
KBC NOTE: "In 1986
the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff responsible
for whether or not to pursue these (ESA) listings
believed there were only 12,000 Lost River suckers in
Upper Klamath Lake...they didn't believe they were
endangered. A couple years later...we now know for a
fact that number's exceeded by tens of thousands of Lost
River suckers. Now they flip flop and say they are
endangered. What constitutes endangered?
Vogel, fisheries scientist with 29 years
experience, 14 years working for the Fish and Wildlife
Sucker holds significance for tribes, H&N,
posted to KBC 9/17/09.
According to Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
advocates, power ratepayers and taxpayers must pay
millions/billions$ to decimate four Klamath River dams
because salmon must come into the Klamath Basin and
beyond because they supposedly provided food for the
Indians. In this article, tribal biologist said the
indians staple was suckers; they would have starved
without suckers. What was it, suckers or salmon?