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Restoring Balance to the Klamath Basin

Oregon Wild's Klamath Basin Campaign seeks to restore balance to one of the United State's most important areas for fish and wildlife.

Birds in flight over Lower Klamath

Updates:

9.9.13  Check out Oregon Wild's latest fact sheet about the controversial lease land farming program on Klamath Basin's National Wildlife Refuges.

8.6.13  Oregon Wild issues a fact sheet about how the Klamath River Basin Adjudication affects wildlife in this drought year.

3.5.13  Wildlands Coordinator Wendell Wood raises specific concerns with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

3.4.13  Oregon Wild joins with coalition partners, urges lawmakers to address "dire" water situation for birds and migrating waterfowl.

1.18.13  Oregon Wild issues a white paper on Upper Klamath and Agency Lake restoration.

Stretching from the high desert in southern Oregon to the redwood forests of northern California, the Klamath Basin covers a vast area over 10 million acres. The basin once contained over 350,000 acres of marshes, wet meadows and shallow lakes, and major runs of salmon and steelhead, creating the third largest fishery on the west coast.

Red-tailed Hawk on Lower KlamathThough changed, the basin continues to host an enormous number of migratory birds, and is the western hotspot for viewing major migrations along the Pacific Flyway.

Unfortunately, the natural resources of this unique, natural basin has suffered through decades of abuse and mismanagement.

Willows on wetlands on Lower KlamathA massive federal irrigation project drained 80 percent of the region's wetlands, collapsing the area's once-mighty fish runs. A series of aging dams on the Klamath River continue to block salmon and steelhead from reaching over 300 miles of historic habitat, and in September of 2002, the Klamath suffered one of the worst fish kills in U.S. history.

For nearly two decades Oregon Wild has been a leading voice for conservation to this important region, working to bring resource demands back into balance with what the basin can naturally provide.


Click here for more Klamath Basin news.

Oregon Wild's Klamath Basin webpages:

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges

The Wild and Scenic Klamath River

Vision for a restored Klamath River Basin

Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake


Still searching?

Explore the history of the Klamath Basin

Scientific reports and background information on the Klamath

Find additional Klamath Basin stories and updates on the Oregon Wild Blog, and learn more about Oregon Wild's vision for the Klamath.


All photos by kind courtesy of Brett Cole.

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