Cattlemen’s group opposes deal
Herald and News 2/5/08
The Shasta Nation of Northern California and Klamath Cattlemen’s Association of Klamath County voted to oppose the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.
Each group provided different reasons, from a lack of data backing removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River to potential effects on the county’s cattle industry.
A press release from the cattleman’s association said the group is not opposed to settlement options, but believed this deal would be detrimental to the county’s cattle industry.
The Shasta Nation indicated several issues. It criticized the three tribes that have endorsed the agreement — the Klamaths, Yuroks and Karuks — for meddling in a region not within their own homelands.
The Shastas also say that historical record does not indicate salmon were ever present in the upper reaches of the Klamath River watershed, indicating that dam removal is not necessary.