Klamath Advocates Condemn Bureau of Reclamation’s Willful Destruction of the “Everglades of the West”

Today three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon condemned the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to drain wetlands on Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge during a crippling drought, even as millions of birds arrive for the peak of spring waterfowl migration.

Life and Death in the Klamath Basin

by Mary Van

Water defines Oregon.  Water is life for an antelope in the Alvord desert; water is death for the unwary crossing the Columbia bar.  Water carved the gorge. The majority of Oregonians live on the “wet side” but water runs through the east side as well.  It is there, in the Klamath Marsh, that Wendell and Kathy Wood led a motley group of visitors in their kayaks and canoes.  The Wood’s give of their time, money, and home to offer total strangers a chance to fall in love with the wild left in Oregon.

Judge’s Ruling Favors Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

 Medford, Ore—A US District Court Judge today issued a preliminary finding ordering the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges.  These plans, mandated by a 1997 law, require the USFWS to ensure commercial activities on refuge lands do not harm wildlife.  The preliminary finding, issued by United States Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke in Medford, requires the USFWS to complete the plan by August 1st, 2016.

Groups Sue Over Lack Of Conservation Plan For Klamath Basin Refuges

Oregon conservation groups are going to court to pressure a federal wildlife agency into completing its overdue plan for managing six wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin, which straddles the Oregon-California border.

The three groups say they’re hoping that a consequence of their lawsuit will be that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes action to get more water to the refuges, which migrating waterfowl and other birds depend on.

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