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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."

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species, H&N 8/2/20. "The dispute arose after the Fish and Wildlife Service designated 1,500 acres of land and ponds in neighboring Louisiana as critical habitat for the frog even though none lived there."

Federal Government agrees to reevaluate Northern Spotted Owl habitat after Supreme Court ruling, H&N 4/15/2020. "The coalition brought legal action after the Fish and Wildlife Service designated 9.5 million acres of mostly federal lands as NSO critical habitat across Washington, Oregon and Northern California in 2012...The ESA requires the federal government to take “into consideration the economic impact, the impact on national security, and any other relevant impact, of specifying any particular area as critical habitat.”

California adds protections for Klamath spring salmon; Klamath spring chinook a candidate for CESA listing, H&N 2/8/19. "The decision was in response to a petition filed last year by the Karuk Tribe and the Salmon River Restoration Council." KBC Note: The Karuk Tribe has stated that Klamath irrigators are "the enemy," they want to get "rid of all the farmers," and after the dams come out they will target "Keno Dam."

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 Wolves Act Passed 196/180 Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]: Aye Trackers: Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1

NEWS RELEASE: Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River with Trinity Reservoir Water

 Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long-Term Plan To Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River, Humboldt County, California.
*Klamath Falls meeting Aug 11
*COMMENTS DUE Aug 20  (KBC received this link that works on Aug 20th from the Bureau..the one in their press release did not work)

COMMENTS DUE JUNE 20 - Bull trout recovery plan needs local input, H&N, 6/3/15. “To achieve recovery, we seek to add seven additional local populations distributed among each of the three core areas (two in the Upper Klamath Lake core area, three in the Sycan core area, and two in the Upper Sprague core area)...”

* Comments Due November 28: changes in stream designations for salmon habitat will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Salmon habitat rules on the table, and PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, H&N 10/24/14. "Sen. 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.”

SPOTTED FROG COMMENTS DUE - 300 acres added in Klamath County; Comments sought on land for endangered amphibian, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. "...officials may designate 68,500 acres and 24 stream miles throughout Washington and Oregon as critical habitat for the disappearing amphibian. The proposed critical habitat 30-day public comment period opens today and closes July 18."


BLM...seeks public comment (by March 31st), H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14. "The document includes four proposed alternatives that discuss such issues as timber management, forest reserves for northern spotted owls and marbled murrelet critical habit, protection for older forests and riparian reserves. The alternatives offer options that would focus on providing the most acres, for example, to species protection as opposed to timber harvests...."

LAKEVIEW - Sage grouse management, jobs, habitat at stake; environmental protections may curb ranchers’ grazing rights, H&N, posted to KBC 1/17/14. "...implementing the plan could result in the loss of 750 jobs..."  "... BLM’s preferred alternative would retire about 118,000 acres of rangeland in Eastern Oregon..." "Although Hart Mountain has been cattle-free for 23 years, he said sage grouse numbers have declined." "A recurring theme among people voicing concerns was why ranchers are being targeted with the potential loss of grazing lands, while no habitat improvements include predator control."

Sage grouse plan seeking comments by Jan. 13, H&N 1/2/14. "The 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 habitat."

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."

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."

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."

Public Comments for over 2 million acres proposed toad and frog habitat due 6/24/13 pt 1 and 2

Sucker recovery cost: $135M, H&N, posted to KBC 4/26/13
News Release: Revised Recovery Plan for Lost River and Short Nose Suckers, posted to KBC 4/26/13
THE Revised Recovery Plan for Lost River and Short Nose Suckers, posted to KBC 4/26/13
One public comment to the Sucker Plan by a KBC Editor, posted to KBC 4/26/13. "...
Now you have decided you want a certain number of fish at certain ages to live in this former meadow /man-made reservoir so you can deny irrigators use of that water and create road use and grazing regulations, and control ground water use. .."

* NEWS RELEASE - Draft environmental assessment of PacifiCorp's Habitat Conservation Plan available for public comment - comments due March 29, 2013

* Klamath sucker  comments due 3/28/13

* COMMENTS DUE -PacifiCorp Klamath Hydroelectric Project Proposed Interim Operations Habitat Conservation Plan for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers
    Interim means until the Klamath Settlement is terminated or the Klamath dams are destroyed
    "PacifiCorp is funding long-term ...water quality monitoring to support dam removal..."
    PacifiCorp has already contributed $millions for land acquisitions and restoration to flood former ag lands in the Klamath Basin
    PacifiCorp contributed and will contribute hundreds of thousands $ to The Nature Conservancy restoration projects. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will administer Sucker Conservation Fund
    PacifiCorp will recover costs through rate hikes to customers

NEWS RELEASE: Siskiyou County challenges critical habitat designations for Northern Spotted Owl, Siskiyou County, posted to KBC 3/24/13

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"

* Klamath sucker public meeting 2/20/13, comments due 3/28/13. "In December, Fish and Wildlife issued a final rule designating critical habitat for Lost River and shortnose suckers. It included about 282 miles of streams and 241,438 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Oregon's Klamath and Lake counties and California's Modoc County...the agency will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at its office at 1936 California Ave., Klamath Falls, Ore., to give an overview of the plan and answer questions."

Agency seeks comments on plan for Klamath suckers Capital Press 1/28/13
Public meeting Feb. 20
Public Comments due March 28


U.S Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for Klamath Basin suckers, FWS PRESS RELEASE, posted to KBC 12/13/12. "Approximately 282 miles of streams, and 241,438 acres of lakes and reservoirs are included in the final critical habitat designation in Klamath and Lake Counties in Oregon, and in Modoc County, California."
Public Comment on Revised Critical Habitat Proposed for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers from 2/5/12 by a KBC News editor: Contains info from Fisheries scientist David Vogel, National Academy of Science, and significant details including the fact that proposed habitat Clear Lake historically was a meadow.

Coho de-listing petition rejection, Siskiyou County Water Users Association coho de-listing petition rejection response, Ridgecrest Daily Independent by Leo Bergeron, President SCWUA, Montague, posted to KBC October 10. 2012

** Letter and documentation to Irma Largomarcino, Supervisor National Marine Fishery Service Arcata Area Office, and California Biodiversity Council, from Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong regarding coho genetics in the Klamath, 8/14/12.

Public comments taken on critical habitat plan (for Lost River and Shortnose suckers) through Aug 27. 

Comments Due Oregon Spotted Frog 4/20/12

Oregon says bald eagles are good to go without special protection, H&N, posted to KBC 4/6/12

(Klamath) Coho recovery plan is no good, by Dr. Richard Gierak, Yreka, letter to the editor of Herald and News 2/18/12.

Comments Due 3/8/12 on ESA language

Plenty of Chinook and Coho This Year, KBND, posted to KBC 3/11/12. "Fishery managers project 1.6 million adult Chinook in the Klamath River this fall, four times more than last year and 15 times than in 2006."

Regarding the NOAA Coho Recovery Plan, by Dr. Richard Gierak 3/6/12. "Should the (Klamath) dam be breached the Yellow Perch will decimate any and all salmon eggs and fingerlings to feed their ravenous appetites."

Coho concerns, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 3/7/12

NOAA seeks coho comments (Thursday in Yreka), 2/29/12. Coho recovery draft plan comments due March 5

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Oregon Spotted Frog ESA Status, info due 4/20/12, FWS, posted 2/23/12. " Currently, this species is known to inhabit emergent wetland habitats from extreme southwestern British Columbia south through the east side of the Puget/Willamette Valley Trough and the Columbia River Gorge in south-central Washington to the Cascades Range and the Klamath Valley in Oregon"

(Siskiyou) County requests approval of coho supplementation program, Siskiyou Daily 2/22/12.

Public meeting on the Draft Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon, Yreka on 2/14/12

 Revised Critical Habitat Proposed for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers,"The proposal includes two critical habitat units totaling 241,438 acres and 274 stream miles in southern Oregon and northern California." Meeting Jan 19. Comments due Feb. 6.

Public meeting on the Draft Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon, Yreka on 2/14/12
NMFS website (http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/recovery/)

Sage grouse listing would destroy (livestock) industry, H&N letter by Gail Whitsett 1/20/12. "Multi-millions of public acres in 10 states, including Oregon, may become useless if the potential ESA-listed sage grouse habitat is determined to be impacted by the influence of controlled cattle grazing...Cattle remain Klamath and Lake counties’ largest agricultural commodity...Sage grouse listing will do to Oregon agriculture what the spotted owl did to the timber industry and the fisheries biological opinions have done to the Klamath Basin’s economy."

Revised Critical Habitat Proposed for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers, posted to KBC 12/16/11, "The proposal includes two critical habitat units totaling 241,438 acres and 274 stream miles in southern Oregon and northern California." Meeting Jan 19. Comments due Feb. 6.

Comments due on sucker recovery plan Dec 19 - Press Release. HERE for plan
Revised Critical Habitat Proposed for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers, posted to KBC 12/16/11, "The proposal includes two critical habitat units totaling 241,438 acres and 274 stream miles in southern Oregon and northern California." Comments due Feb. 6.

Suckers Critical Habitat Designation Proposed, Courthouse News Service, posted to KBC 12/11/11

Protection sought for Upper Klamath Lake snail, Columbian, posted to KBC 11/16/11

Northwest – NOAA Fisheries Releases Klamath River Basin: 2011 Report to Congress 10/24/11

PRESS RELEASE: Revised Recovery Plan for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers now available, USFWS, posted to KBC 10/19/11. Comments due Dec. 19, 2011
HERE for Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Lost River Sucker and Shortnose Sucker posted 11/19/11

Comments due Oct 17 on Leona's blue butterfly ESA listing.

*** Klamath Falls - 26 West Coast Snails and Slugs Will Be Considered for Federal Protection; Fish & Wildlife Service opens a 60-day comment period prior to detailed review, USFWS News Release 10/4/11

Klamath Basin: Comments taken on proposed ESA listing (for butterfly), H&N, posted to KBC 8/21/11. "The butterfly was discovered in 1995 and exists in a 6-square-mile area, mostly in the Mazama Tree Farm and partly in the Fremont-Winema National Forest." Comments due by Oct. 17.

Comment Period Lost River Suckers and 53 endangered species until 7/25/11, FWS

Petition to Delist Coho Salmon presented by Siskiyou County Water Users Association 7/18/11, prepared by Dr. Richard A. Gierak

PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users Association had submitted a second Coho delisting petition to delist Coho Salmon in the Klamath Basin, posted to KBC 6/25/11

Review period opens for Basin suckers, H&N 6/16/11

Fish listing affects (Klamath) Basin irrigators, H&N 6/16/11

June 13 NMFS accepting public comment of possible endangered listing of Klamath chinook salmon

Comment Period Lost River Suckers and 53 endangered species including suckers, plants, flowers, flys, butterflys, moths, birds, snakes, shrimp, frogs, salamanders until 7/25/11, FWS

Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Fish & Wildlife Service’s  Announcement to Re-Open Draft Spotted Owl Plan, “I’m glad FWS agrees parts of this flawed plan need more public comment, but much more comprehensive revisions will be required” 4/21/11

* May 23: Spotted Owl public comment deadline

Editorial: Chinook listing would be new blow to region, Redding Record Searchlight April 15, 2011
Spring chinook season on lower Columbia extended, DFW, posted 4/16/11

Fish & Wildlife Service Completes 5 Year Reviews for 50 Species in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon Recommends Uplisting Bay Checkerspot Butterfly to Endangered and Downlisting Arroyo Toad, Modoc Sucker, and Santa Cruz Cypress to Threatened, posted to KBC 10/25/09

Public Comment for Oregon coho salmon, extended to 8/18/09

Attorney James Buchal's letter to AP writer Jeff Barnard: "I have not seen the determination, but understand it to have rejected any change in status for either species.  If that is the case, my comment is: "The Service's determination shows that the political imperative to pillage the economy of the Klamath Basin drives the Service's decisions, not good science, since the Service rejected the opinions of its own scientists and its own status review that called for downlisting at least one species.  "In fact, both species are in no appreciable danger of extinction, and the lakes and ponds of the Klamath Basin are filled with literally millions of listed suckers." 6/26/09
Feds: fish still endangered, H&N 6/27/09. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delivered a blow to Klamath Basin irrigators Friday  when it said the Lost River and shortnosed suckers still belong on the endangered species list."

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Protect Threatened Green Sturgeon, NOAA. Rule proposed to further protect green sturgeon, examiner.com, posted to KBC 5/28/09

NOAA Fisheries Proposes Listing Columbia River Smelt As Threatened Under ESA, CB Bulletin 3/13/09

Revised Critical Habitat Designated for Canada Lynx, FWS, posted 2/25/09. "39,000 square miles fall within the boundaries of the revised critical habitat designation....Excluded areas include: Tribal lands..."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sucker Recovery Public Meeting Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Shilo Inn, Klamath Falls. Posted 10/5/08

PLF Continues To Press Oregon Coastal Coho ESA Listing Case, CB Bulletin 6/20/08

Sucker revision under way, H&N, posted 6/20/08. "...an appointed group of stakeholders, meetings and consultation from Desert Research Institute researchers will guide the revisions...A fisheries biologist from the Klamath Tribes, the Nature Conservancy and individuals from Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey will participate as stakeholders...Commissioner Bill Brown was concerned to not see a representative from the irrigation community in the stakeholder group and asked if that could be changed. Buettner said the group was established by regional director Steve Thompson..."

Fish and Wildlife Service to Provide Additional Opportunity to Comment on Proposal to Revise Critical Habitat for the Canada Lynx in July 2008, FWS 4/30/08. "Service is proposing to designate approximately 42,753 square miles of habitat..."

A new test for Oregon's salmon plan; Return of coastal coho to the endangered species list puts landowners' recovery efforts in the spotlight, Oregonian, posted to KBC 2/17/08

Fish and Wildlife rejects salamander protection, Seattle pi, posted to KBC 1/25/08

***Snowy Plover comment period by 1/4/08

PUBLIC COMMENT on ESA plan by 12/3/07

Snowy Plover Comments by Oregon Coos County Commissioner John Griffith 11/8/07

COMMENT PERIOD: Habitat Conservation Plan for Western Snowy Plover and Related Environmental Impact Statement Released for Comment Plan Covers Recreation and Management on 32 Miles of Oregon’s 230 Miles of Beach, posted to KBC 11/8/07

Service Seeks Public Comment on New Conservation Program for Threatened and Endangered Species, FWS, posted to KBC 11/4/07

Feds get more time for new listing decision for Oregon coho, CB Bulletin, posted 11/4/07

Recovery Plan for Pacific Coast Population of the Western Snowy Plover To Rely on Strong Volunteer Effort Plan Covers Entire Pacific Coast of California, Oregon and Washington, USFWS, posted 9/26/07

OTHER PLACES: Proposal would give prairie dogs federal support, Cortez Journal, posted to KBC 9/15/07.
Devastation ok on the farm: "A prairie dog colony can ruin a crop of hay"... "Decker's tractor fell into a prairie dog hole and broke an axle"It cost $2,500 to replace."
However in the city: "
..If prairie dogs are added to the list, it is still important to keep them off city land, Burkett said. You can just imagine if someone stepped in one (prairie dog hole) and broke an ankle"

Peer Reviews of Northern Spotted Owl Draft Recovery Plan Posted.  Public comments will be accepted until August 24, 2007. FWS gives us only 7 working days to respond! 8/14/07

Bald Eagle Leaves Endangered Species List, FWS 8/8/07.

FWS completes status review for Klamath sucker populations, 7/27/07

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) Statement on Klamath Sucker Status Review, posted 7/27/07

Rare Salamanders Will Be Considered For Endangered Species Act Protection, according to Center for Biological Diversity:  "In response to a 2004 petition and two lawsuits brought by conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined today that the Siskiyou Mountains and Scott Bar salamanders may warrant protection as threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency initiated a 12-month review of their status, posted" 3/30/07

Fish and Game Commission denies coho delisting petition, Capital Press, posted 3/2/07. "James Buchal, a Portland attorney ... argued that the evidence shows the coho is not a native species in the region and efforts to restore its population are unwarranted, especially in light of the state's budget constraints."

Judge restores salamander to threatened species list, Mercury News, posted 1/13/07. "A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday put a salamander that lives in old growth forests along the Klamath River back on California's threatened species list until the state Fish and Game Commission takes action."

San Francisco Bay area: PG&E intends to request a permit to cover 66 species federally listed as threatened or endangered and 23 unlisted species that may become listed during the term of the permit, posted 11/25/06.

FWS Public Comment: Designation of critical habitat for the contiguous U.S. distinct population segment of the Canada Lynx,  9/19/06 Go to http://www.lynxnothijinks.com for more Lynx input. "future costs are estimated to be from $125 million to $411 million over 20 years ($8.38 million to $27.6 million annually) using a 3 percent discount rate, or $99.9 million to $259 million over 20 years "

Proposed Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Along the Central Coast, Lane County, OR, 11/9/06

Species on endangered list challenged, USA Today, posted to KBC 6/1/06. More at ESA TODAY

PRESS RELEASE: Listing of California Spotted Owl not warranted, 5/24/06

***The Canada Lynx Critical Habitat proposal deadline for comment is May 1.  You're in danger if you live in Oregon, Washington, Maine, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Michigan. 

PLF Files Lawsuit Challenging 16 Salmon ESA Listings Throughout the West, PLF News, posted to KBC 12/18/05

Oregon, Washington Fish, Wildlife Commissions Move to Protect Green Sturgeon, posted to KBC 12/18/05, newswise.com

Coho Salmon a candidate for Endangered Species list, Curry Pilot, posted to KBC 11/28/05

Five Oregon species up for review under Endangered Species Act, 7/7/2005.

Green Sturgeon Comments due 7/6/05

Conservations seek protection for rare salamanders,  Center for Biological Diversity 8/23/05




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