Join USDA Radio reporter Brenda Curtis as she explores conservation issues and solutions in the Klamath Basin. Hear the stories of Klamath Basin residents in their own words.
Removing Thirsty Western Junipers
Ranchers are removing invasive Western Juniper trees from rangeland in order to conserve much needed water and forage vegetation. Brenda Curtis reports on an interesting way that USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is being used by ranchers in the Klamath Basin.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and Tulelake, California rancher, Jerry Scanlon.
Oregon and California's Klamath Basin is the focus of one issue: "water rights." There are many diverse interests needing water from the two Klamath Lakes as well as the Klamath River. The problem is there is not enough water for everyone.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and George Allen Wright, Member of the Natural Resources Conservation and Development Council, and Gene Kelley, District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tulelake, California.
Farmers and ranchers who farm on wildlife refuges show a closeness to nature that may surprise you. Brenda Curtis talks to two Klamath Basin landowners who farm on both a national and private wildlife refuge
Participants: Brenda Curtis, Tulelake, California farmer Scott Seus, and Klamath Falls Rancher Bill Kennedy.
The Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon and Northern California claim the original rights to the area's water supply. What does that mean to the area's farmers and ranchers? Brenda Curtis traveled to the Klamath Basin and talked to the Chairman of the Board of the Klamath Tribes, Allen Foreman about the complex issue.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and the Chairman of the Board of the Klamath Tribes, Allen Foreman.
In the Spring of 2001 a serious drought combined with the impact of the Endangered Species Act caused the irrigation water to 800 farms in the Klamath Basin to be turned off. Brenda Curtis examines what happened then and what has happened since then.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and Connie Mack, Martin Kern, and Jim Chapman, Klamath Falls, Oregon farmers and ranchers. Allen Foreman, Chairman of the Board of the Klamath Tribe. Kevin Conroy, team leader, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Klamath Falls Oregon.
There are many, many diverse users of water in Southern Oregon's and Northern California's Klamath Basin. One group of volunteers called the Resource Conservation and Development Council is working to help people learn to live with less and water while also keeping an economic base intact.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and George Allen Wright, member of the Resource Conservation and Development Council.
The Agriculture Department wants the public to know about all of the action being taken to save threatened species like the Coho Salmon.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and Linden Brooks, California NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations. Peter Townley, Resource Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Farmers and ranchers in Northern California are doing their best to help save the endangered Coho Salmon.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and California Conservationist, Ernie Wilkinson. Bill Micke, Northern California Rancher. Linden Brooks, Red Bluff California Field Operation Assistant for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Peter Townley, Resource Conservationist, NRCS.
A proposed project in Northern California's Shasta Valley will help provide the threatened Coho Salmon with more and better water to swim upriver for spawning. In addition, farmers and ranchers will only need half the water they currently use for irrigation.
Participants: Brenda Curtis and Northern California NRCS Hydraulic Engineer, Tom Benson.