Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Klamath Organizer Decries Oregon Wilds Strategic Blunder

Oregon Wild is PacifiCorp’s best Ally in Klamath Dam Fight

by Craig Tucker, Klamath Organizer for Karuk Tribe (e-mail:

[link to original post.]

Oregon Wild's latest strategic blunder threatens Tribes' chance to save salmon and expand waterfowl habitat

For several years the feds, states, Tribes, farmers, enviros, and fishermen have been locked in negotiations over the fate of Klamath River dams.

While Tribes have taken the lead on an aggressive campaign against corporate tyrant PacifiCorp and their owner Warren Buffett, Oregon Wild (formerly known as ONRC) has done little to help the Tribes in their struggle to save their river.

The Tribes have repeatedly staged actions in Portland targeting PacifiCorp each requiring an eight hour bus drive to do so. We have never gotten support from Oregon Wild although they are just around the corner. When it comes to ending corporate oppression the guys at Oregon Wild are all talk and no action!

Instead, Oregon Wild has staked out an exclusive moral high ground that Indians, fishermen, farmers and anyone else trying to protect their families' health and income can't reach.

Today Oregon Wild posted an action alert to congress urging activists to oppose the settlement framework developed by Tribes and others. For those of us that actually live and die in the Klamath Basin, this is viewed as the best chance to save our fish, our water quality, and our rural economies. For the 'environistas' at Oregon Wild, they'd rather see Indians driven deeper into poverty than comprise with Farmers. The folks at PacifiCorp must be sending in the donations to these guys by the boatload!

The fact of the matter is that we are very close to the largest river restoration in world history in large part due to the political pressure our protests and actions have put on the company and elected officials and because we have been willing to work with the farm communities in the basin. Our Klamath Settlement Framework specifies dam removal, river flows that would allow salmon to recover, incentives for farmers to develop more wetlands, expands the size of Upper Klamath Lake, and more.

Because Oregon Wild has failed to achieve their organizational mission to drive farmers out of the basin, they'd rather see the deal go down in flames than compromise. This means that PacifiCorp and Warren Buffett will be able to continue their extraction of the Klamath's wealth and poisoning of our fishery. Thanks a lot, Oregon Wild!

If you fund these jokers or answer their alerts, you may want to reconsider. They may have good intentions, but I've played battleship with four year olds that have a better mind for strategy.

Learn more about our effort to remove dams at
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At 5/16/2007 11:39:00 AM, Anonymous gulo said...

This is completely nuts. See my comments on the original post.

At 5/16/2007 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous gulo said...

here's that comment. I don't trust IndyMedia to keep it up:

This is incredibly dangerous. Oregon Wild is trying to prevent a deal being cut that would undercut the Endangered Species Act and cement in place the completely unsustainable industrial development of the upper basin wetlands -- aka the WILDLIFE REFUGES -- half of which are now devoted to chemically intensive, subsidized industrial agriculture.

The settlement now under discussion -- from which key conservation voices have been EXCLUDED, and that alone should send up the red flags -- is one that could well make salmon recovery in the upper basin impossible.

The tribes are focused on their own self-interest, which is very important. But folks should not be intimidated by Craig's bluster here: there are critical ecological issues at stake that must not be sacrificed, no matter what the skin color of those making the demands.

If this is such a great deal, why can't it be made fully public and transparent? Why are the environmental advocates who have done so much to bring the issue to a head being shut out of the closed-door discussions? And why are they being attacked?

Craig suggests that Oregon Wild is doing PacificCorps' bidding. I think he's doing the farmers'.

At 5/16/2007 01:18:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

Thanks for sharing your opinion. Are you speaking as a member of Oregon Wild or just as a supporter?

Where can I find a copy of the proposed settlement?

How would you say that it undercuts the ESA?

What "key conservation voices" are being excluded?

I've searched the internet for the Oregon Wild action alert mentioned in the article but to no avail. Do you know where it can be found?

At 5/16/2007 01:18:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

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At 5/16/2007 04:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oregon Wild's alert is on their website (, or you can go to it directly here:

For more information on "the deal" Craig Tucker is trying to defend, read the LA Times article from last week:,0,7457311.story?coll=la-home-local

Tucker and the Tribes have decided that the best way they can get what they want is to jump in bed with the irrigators and the Bush administration. Conservation groups who also want dam removal on the Klamath River but refuse to support corporate agriculture on the wildlife refuges, weakening ESA enforcement, etc... are now "the enemy."


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