Wednesday, May 16, 2007

L.A. Times Article on Conflict Over Proposed Klamath Agreement

This article from the May 7th issue of the L.A. Times talks about the Oregon based groups, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch, that object to the proposed setttlement over the Klamath.

A key quote-

"After more than two years of discussions, 26 of the 28 groups — U.S. water and wildlife agencies, the states of California and Oregon, fishermen, four tribes and an array of environmental groups — have agreed to push forward to settle details in the agreement.

Meanwhile, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon, the two groups vocally objecting to what they describe as concessions to farmers, have "essentially been voted off the island," said John DeVoe, WaterWatch's executive director."

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
phone: 530-627-3446 x3027

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Map of the North Fork Mattole

[click on the map for a close-up view]

Focused Effort to Document the Forest

by Mattole Wildlands Defense

Latest Map Update
This map shows the roughly 2,000 acres of Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest on Pacific Lumber land in the North Fork Mattole River drainage. This map is periodically updated as more information comes to light through research and field surveys.

Stealthy Field Surveys
Since this forest is held by a private corporation, forest defenders take a risk by hiking 12 to 16 miles on roads and cross-country just to reach this remote area. After this we hike nearly every day visiting different areas in the North Fork Mattole drainage. We take pictures, write down observations, work on maps and make GPS waypoints.

More Focused Documentation Effort
Recently there has been a more focused effort to document the current conditions of the N. F. Mattole ecosystem. Over the last 5 years, information on the amount and types of forest remaining and other changes to the landscape has been hard to come by. Some clearcut and "reahab" logged areas have been herbicided to kill the Oak and Madrone trees which compete with the more profitable conifers. Sometimes they spray sprouts that regerate from stumps and other times they spray standing trees. The exact acreage of land that has been sprayed is unknown but is estimated at under 600 acres. Through field surveys and other forms of investigation we are working to shed more light on this and other issues.

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