Farmers Asked To Bail Out
the Environment - Again.
Kehn Gibson, Aug 30, 2002. After using record
high levels of water in a dry year on the refuges, Fish and
Wildlife is asking farmers to conserve and donate more water
to the refuges. This comes one year after F&W shut off all
irrigation water to the farmers. Click on photo for
Pat Ratliff, Aug. 26, 2002
Thanks to farmers, the Lower Klamath refuge
has had historically high water input this year.
Farmland Conversion – Will it Solve the
Water Users Association
"Federal agencies or non-profit
conservation groups have acquired over 25,000 acres of
farmland in the Upper
Klamath Basin for habitat purposes. Each time the agencies
sought additional land they promised that each acquisition
would provide environmental benefits, reducing pressure on
the Klamath Project’s family farmers and ranchers….. Can
the Service demonstrate improved water quality in Upper
Klamath Lake? Have sucker populations increased?
Is there more certainty for Project water users…
So if the benefits of these actual conversions can’t be
identified, why would the U.S. support new conversions?.....The
practical effect of shifting farmland to habitat will lead
to a net increase in water use,
threaten a valuable source of food for waterfowl and bald
eagles, and decrease the Project’s overall water efficiency.......Local
water users and agricultural producers are working to
develop conceptual draft principles and an implementation
framework regarding a voluntary Project environmental water
ONRC has two faces - and neither is very
pretty, H&N Editorial, 8/29/02.
Why the ONRC usually doesn’t do advisory
groups, Reprinted from
March 15, 1999 Herald and News, Wendall Wood. "Individuals
drawn to ONRC -be they staff, board members, and/or
volunteers -are attracted by its aggressive, no-compromise
by Corinne Byrne
BUSH WELCOMED BY MEDFORD CROWD
August 24, 2002 By Kehn Gibson
"The crowd knew immediately Mr. Bush was one of their
PRESIDENT BUSH BRINGS HOPE
TO THE LOGGERS, FARMERS, AND THE UNITED
August 23, 2002 KBC
Yesterday, over 5000 loggers, farmers, and residents of
Southern Oregon and Northern California crowded into
Medford's Jackson County Fair exposition center to hear what
President Bush had to say. They were not disappointed!
Two stories on Bush from the
Herald and News, Aug. 23, 2002.
Klamath Basin crisis: one year later,
Oregon Department of
Agriculture Report. Summer 2002.
FOREST FIRES IN OREGON, 555,000 Acres and
INFORMATION IS BEGINNING TO SURFACE
By Rosalyn, Medford KBC news team. Aug 2,
2002, with Aug 15 update.
"Where are the environmentalists??? Nowhere
to be seen! They remain at their
headquarters instead of helping save the wildlife, spotted
owls, Lynxes etc.
they once protected."
Klamath Basin farmers donate hay, time to drought-stricken
farmers in Trinidad, Colo. Matt Hall, H&N, Aug 8, 02.
Word is that Lars Larson
will be doing his show from the Potato Festival, Friday,
October 18. Sponsored by Klamath First Federal and KFLS.
Governor Kitzhaber has
just fired the Eastern Oregon representative to the
Northwest Power Planning Council, John Brogiotti, for
telling the truth. "There
are no dumb farmers because if a farmer employed unwise
farming practices that depleted his land he paid the
ultimate price. He lost the farm. The present day American
farmer is the ultimate environmentalist and he has the
resume to prove it, generation after generation living in
harmony with the land." See
Colorado Hay Delivered,
Kehn Gibson, August 7, 2002.
Barron, who turned 81 on July 4, is no
stranger to tough jobs. A celebrated pilot of the heavy
bombers of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Barron came
home after 30 missions when two of his younger brothers were
killed in action. “I didn’t have a choice,” he says.
But, Barron says, this job is his hardest yet. Barron sits
on an eight-member committee formed by the Las Animas County
Farm Bureau that decides who will – or will not – get
desperately needed hay for their livestock. Klamath Basin
farmers have donated the hay, nearly 350 tons worth, after
they heard of the severe drought affecting this Colorado
Water Users Investigate
Klamath River Flows: Biologist Warns "Increased Summer Flows
Could Harm Salmon", KWUA Release, August 7, 2002.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!
Farmers Helping Farmers
By Kehn Gibson, Lost River Star,
August 6, 2002.
"Local community leaders are
seeking tractor-trailers and drivers to get sorely needed
hay to farmers and ranchers beset by drought and the loss of
federal grazing lands in Trinidad, Colo."
Klamath Basin on 20/20, Aug. 2, 2002. ABC at 10:00.
"Sawgrass Rebellion"- Klamath Basin joins convoy to
"Damage to crops has exceeded $100
"'Scientists reportedly have made recordings in which they
can hear the (sparrow)', he said, 'but I'm not real sure
they've ever actually seen one.'".
"The science used to determine the listing has never been
Klamath Basin is a Watershed Event, Mark Edward Vande
Free market environmental management could
turn a lose-lose situation
into a win-win. Thanks to Free Republic forum for the lead.
Klamath Basin Farmers and
Businesses send Stock Feed
to Drought & Fire Stricken Colorado Ranchers, 07/02.
Klamath Basin sends hay
KBC News Team. 7/20/02.
House Backs Walden, Defeats Plan to Limit Crops on
Blumenauer would have done no good, great harm to
refuges and wildlife.
Effort to limit Klamath
Basin farming fails, Jim Barnett, Oregonian,
Farmer-bashing all the
new rage, Washington Times, 7/18/02.
Blumenauer is expected to introduce an amendment to the
Appropriations Bill on Tuesday, July 16,2002. This
amendment is an attempt to eliminate the Lease Land Farm
Program as established by the 1964 Kuchel Act. These
farmlands are essential to the local economy and provide
tremendous wildlife benefits. Especially food and
habitat for migrating waterfowl. Please send the
Congressman a message that his amendment is anti-agriculture
and is not only unnecessary but will be extremely
detrimental to the Klamath Basin.
Please read the reality on this:
From the forum.
Big Sky country nation's largest gated community, by Mike Aastrom,
who came with the Montana convoy to support the Klamath
Basin last year.
"The public no longer has access to 90 percent of the public
lands in Flathead County."
"How are we going too fight the fires to come if all the
roads are locked or blocked off? A little
bit of common sense explains that: We can't!" Is this reality coming
soon to our Basin?
"Phil Norton, the manager of the
Basin’s wildlife refuges, said that the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service has monitored the use of agricultural
chemicals on the refuges and has seen no harmful effect on
ONRC, environmental groups threaten the Bureau of
Reclamation with lawsuit,
Ryan Harper, H&N, 7/10/02.
Don’t expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to back
off , Ryan Harper,
Bill Challenges Environmental
Wes Vernon, NewsMax,
July 9, 02.
Klamath Basin "straw
that broke the camel's back".
Wendall Wood Makes the news.
Ultimatum Given to Klamath
Irrigators Forced to Pump
Groundwater to Avoid Shutoff
National Academy of Science Findings Disregarded
Letters to Tulelake Irrigation District from Bureau of
KBC News Report and commentary, July 8, 2002
Say ‘no’ to federal
buyouts for Basin farms, Editorial, H&N,
July 5, 02.
Water letter gives
signers misgivings, Ryan Harper, H&N,