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Below are some of the endorsed goals of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement stakeholders as stated in the Klamath Coalition VISION:

Walking wetlands program causes concerns; Public should be frustrated about program’s relationship to restoration agreement, by ANI KAME’ENUI, guest writer from Oregon Wild/formerly ONRC, Herald and News 8/9/09. This letter was written referring to KBC News notes 7/19/09: Walking Wetland Controversy, and Bureau of Reclamation Issues.

(KBC NOTE: For your information, several stakeholders who wrote and support the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement are in a Klamath Coalition with Oregon Wild/ONRC. Those groups are American Rivers, Friends of the River, Klamath Forest Alliance, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, and Trout Unlimited. Riverkeeper publicly opposes the KBRA while, at the same time their board members Craig Tucker and Leaf Hilman with the Karuk Tribe are at the table of the KBRA.


The following is a  portion of the endorsed Vision of many KBRA stakeholders who are part of the Klamath Coalition:

* purchase and restore "Klamath Straits" farmland
* "Commercial agriculture within the national wildlife refuges should be phased out in an equitable manner and refuge lands should be returned to a natural habitat condition."
*introduce endangered fish after they acquire more farmland
* "Crops planted on the refuge lands such as onions, sugar beets and potatoes, which are of little or no value to wildlife and require particularly toxic pesticides, should be eliminated expeditiously."
* "The Bureau of Reclamation’s acquisition of the 7,000 acre Agency Lake Ranch provides an important opportunity to restore wetlands habitat and improve water quality. However, the Bureau should refrain from operating this property or other similar restoration projects merely for deep-water storage for the Project. If managed appropriately, the land can provide natural water storage, wildlife habitat, and multiple water quality benefits."
* "Dry year fallowing, retirement of water uses, and acquisition and transfer of water rights from willing sellers for conservation purposes are all necessary tools that should be funded, promoted, and utilized throughout the basin in order to meet instream, lake level and refuge needs"
* "Fish, wildlife, and ecosystem conservation and restoration should be made an explicit purpose of the Klamath Project. Project purposes should be amended accordingly in any legislation concerning the Klamath Basin." (KBC NOTE: your representatives at the KBRA table have agreed to this agenda)
* "Willing seller purchases of water rights and water right retirements, or alternatively the re-dedication of water rights to instream fish and wildlife needs, should be used where necessary to balance water demand with supply as well as to fairly compensate landowners willing to help conserve water. Willing seller water purchases should include landowners above the Project..." (KBC NOTE: your representatives at the KBRA table have agreed to this agenda)
*"the use of public lands national wildlife refuges to grow heavily sprayed and chemically fertilized commercial row crops is a national scandal."


American Rivers
Defenders of Wildlife
Friends of the River
Institute for Fisheries Resources
Klamath Basin Audubon Society
Klamath Forest Alliance
National Center for Conservation Science and Policy
Northcoast Environmental Center
Oregon Wild
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
Sierra Club
Klamath Riverkeeper
The Wilderness Society
Trout Unlimited
Waterwatch of Oregon


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