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 Chadwick email to participants 6/24/05:


This document is based on four stakeholder workshops, representing the voices of people from the headwaters of the Klamath River to its mouth. These workshops were held in Somes Bar, Scott Valley, Klamath, and Tulelake, CA. Over 150 people of the Klamath River Basin participated in these workshops, including elected officials of the two states, and the four Tribes of the River: The Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe.

This information does not yet include a representative expression of the Upper Klamath Lake, Chiloquin area interests. These expressions will be included during the June workshop scheduled for Chiloquin, Oregon in June and the focus areas updated at that time.

This is an interim report which presents and summarizes the key focus areas identified by the participants during the four workshops. Each focus area description has information gleaned from the four workshop reports, with page locations for each statement so they can be easily referred to for context. This includes: purpose; the situation; new beliefs, the strategies. Some focus areas were explored and developed more fully during the Tulelake Workshop and are included in their entirety.

It is possible there are other issues that have not yet risen to the surface. When these become evident, they will be included in the Focus Areas.

If the Stakeholder group decides to move forward, members will select the focus areas they want to work on.

The group may expand on the material in the Focus area statements; they are not limited by this information. They are to develop it in more depth, and create, agree upon, then, where possible, implement the strategies they develop.

Groups will include membership that is inclusive of the entire Basin. It is recommended their process meet the intent of the attributes developed during the Scott Valley workshop: "Allowing the Group to Evolve, the Attributes We Want to Keep." These attributes are on the following pages.




In the Somes Bar meeting, the participants introduced the notion of addressing the issues with a locally based mechanism (Page 31, Somes Bar):

"We need a mechanism to address water problems while minimizing impacts to communities throughout the Basin.

! How will we move away from bureaucracy and toward locally-led processes (like this one!)?

  1. How will we keep our planning and decision-making in our own words (instead of getting slammed with four outside "strategies" on the last day)?
  2. Determine how/where to involve the environmental community in a bottom-up process.
  3. How to deal with latecomers who do not support our early efforts?
  4. How to reach and include local folks who are discouraged or alienated?
  5. How to cope with the regulatory and jurisdiction conflicts ~ re-democratize the process."

This group was asked to explore how they would want this mechanism to evolve. Three speakers presented their ideas for the evolution of this approach. Then each person described their view of the attributes of their meeting they would like to keep as they evolved into a local based decision making and implementing community. These are their attributes:

This group is a collaborative, supportive group of interested, involved citizens who recognize problems in the Klamath Basin and want to solve them in a mutually beneficial long-term way. This group is open, honest, giving and respectful; it genuinely wants to resolve basin-wide issues using community-based processes. This is Community commitment, with Community responsibility.

We are a Community Circle of the Great Klamath River Basin. This Greater Klamath parking lot circle assembly is a formally acknowledged part of the decision making process of a "CIP" by either actually helping with decisions or helping formulate the structures of the CIP.

We use a process that can be convened when input is needed to make decisions. It will find a way to directly impact measures taken in the Klamath River Watershed

It is a safe listening environment. Everyone in the circle may speak without interruption. You have the freedom to say what you want and need to without interruption. There is deep listening to understand. It creates an avalanche of ideas






This group is open, honest, and respectful of individuals and their opinions and inclusiveness. A venue for the human voice to be spoken, not the noise of the few roll; thus, honest solutions emerge. All voices are recognized; all words included. We are inclusive, listening-centered, listening, listeners. We are respectful, respectful, respectful.

We are compassionate and understanding of viewpoints and perspectives. There is acceptance of a person for what he/she is, and at the same time giving them space in which to change that if they want to without recriminations. We show kindness and consideration.

We are honest, with openness, and have the integrity to speak honestly and openly. We are open-minded, developing integrity, coming together to help solve a known problem, learning to listen. We have openness, honesty, from the heart interaction and expression with fellow members of our community. Honest from the soul discussion that puts all the issues on the table for all to think about and for visions of the future. We are truth finders

We will always allow open, honest exchange between members outside of the meetings.

Our participation is mind and heart freeing. It is fun, thought provoking, and friend forming. We are friends working together of all communities, flexible, open to see, and look for opportunities.

We encourage participation of the most extreme members of the Klamath Basin Community. Diverse interests are encouraged. It will keep growing via the "grape vine" of current members.

We are equal. We are consensus oriented. Actions are identified to move out from here (e.g., agencies cooperating).

This is a process that can be used to help conflicting parties to at least come to an understanding of each otherís fears and hopes. It is fear relieving, hope giving, humanizing, and safe. We learn to help/feel for others. There is full exchange of ideas and philosophy without criticism.

It is voluntary.

I am a doer; I do what I can do. I am an advocate for students, teachers. What am I advocating for here is quality of conversation about the land



FOCUS AREA 1: BUILDING A ONE BASIN COMMUNITY: "Community at a Basin level emerges. We create a sense of community where we naturally look out for each other."

FOCUS AREA 2: COMMUNICATION THROUGHOUT THE KLAMATH RIVER BASIN: "Identify ways to communicate in a meaningful way (throughout the basin) when lots of entities are still apprehensive about dialog."

FOCUS AREA 3: TRIBAL RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED: "Tribal recognition is supported, recognizing tribal trust responsibilities with the federal, state and local governments."

FOCUS AREA 4: DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED WHOLE BASIN PLAN: "We develop a comprehensive approach to restoring the Klamath Basinís natural resources."

FOCUS AREA 5: SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE TO ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES: "Let our representatives in Congress know that we support Basin Wide restoration conducted at the local level."

FOCUS AREA 6: A KLAMATH RIVER CONGRESS (CONFERENCE, FORUM) WILL BE HELD: "The Klamath River Basin Congress/Conference/Forum is a group that speaks the heart of watershed people. It is a group that truly represents all. It doesnít become entrenched. People move in and out."

FOCUS AREA 7: DEAL WITH CONFLICTING SCIENCE. "We need someway to understand and incorporate the complexities and uncertainty of science and management without using those complexities and uncertainties to tell a tale that benefits our interest but rather the interest of the watershed."

FOCUS AREA 8: THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE: "We, intentionally and co-operatively, up and down the river, develop the mandates and structure of how to restore our resources and communities."

FOCUS AREA 9: THE ROLE OF THE AGENCIES: "The two states and the Federal government will approach communities in a unified way." "We agencies will be expected to partner with each landowner individually and custom make solutions."

FOCUS AREA 10: EDUCATION: "Provide education up and down stream about diverse issues specific to each area."


FOCUS AREA 11: DAMS - FISH PASSAGE AND POWER RATES: "Form a coalition between the Upper Basin irrigations/tribes/fisheries/agencies that provides for the needs of each other and supports decommissioning of the Iron Gate, COPCO 1 and 2 and JC Boyle Dams."

FOCUS AREA 12: CREATING LONG TERM SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES: "From the headwaters of the Sprague to the mouth of the Klamath the watershed has retained its rural character."

FOCUS AREA 13: BUILDING CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS AND CAPACITY: "I would like this group to be a conflict resolution body for the various issues as they arise; work on continuing consensus and education methods; look at funding strategies."



FOCUS AREA 1: BUILDING A ONE BASIN COMMUNITY: "Community at a Basin level emerges. We create a sense of community where we naturally look out for each other."


Community at a Basin level emerges. Communities will understand each others fears and hopes for the future as well as they understand their own. New relationships are inviting community.

Scott valley page 8

A watershed wide sense of community is established. We find and all agree on ways to get enough water in the rivers for fish, that will take only a little sacrifice on all our parts, equitably distributed. By doing so, we boost our feeling of community, sense of empowerment, security and happiness. The people in this room will be the seed corn for a thriving, harmonious, caring atmosphere for the greater basin where all our children can expect to nurture and prosper. We think of one another as neighbors and begin work on watershed wide solutions to issues. A healthy, vibrant watershed results.

Tulelake page 12

People from different perspectives come together, stand up for each other, and see how powerful we are when we are really united. That we stand up for one another. Whatever the evolving plan, we come together and stick together to bring all parties together, whether in subgroups or as this seminar community. That I will make friends who I will know better and better and love for many years and would be the basis of real community.

Somes bar page 8

The Klamath Basinís communities came together and created a common vision for future growth that honored their unique livelihoods and cultures, that addressed past injustices, and started a rash of guerilla restoration projects that restored our historic runs of fish, and fish-based jobs.

The Klamath Basin is the model for diverse and sustainable resource based communities. The Klamath Basin now supports a diverse set of communities that through years of conflict over how to best use their resources came to the realization that the only way to create resolution was to become one community and look after each others basic human needs and livelihoods.

Somes bar long term purpose page 17


THE SITUATION: the unresolved issues


Finding a way to build community.

$ One step at a time with a vision in my mind.

  1. Taking more ownership. Vulnerability
  2. Successes and stories.
  3. More details about skills and practices used daily.

    Our direct communications and improved human relations must also have the understanding of our different locations and the specific rights and the ecosystem and human relations of each. These still must be respected.

  4. More clarity regarding ecological/hydro/bio differences between our respective homelands.
  5. A mis-perception that all Agriculture in the basin has the same interest and operates under the same laws and rules.
  6. The mis-perception that all tribes in the basin have the same interest and operate under the same laws and rules.

    A start has been made, but we have not resolved the communication issue.

  7. We have resolved to do something, the what is still to be determined.
  8. Communication. A communication breakdown.
  9. There is still some distrust. Remaining distrust. We need more trust. Spontaneity

    Identify ways to communicate in a meaningful way when lots of entities are still apprehensive about dialog.

  10. Understanding the actual intentions driving peopleís actions versus the interpretation by others of those actions. When something happens before doing anything, call the other guy to get the facts straight.
  11. Control... each group needs to temper their self righteousness based on impacts to others.
  12. Be patient with all people and things being worked on and prepare for the coming!
  13. Resolution. Find a way to really talk and form friendships, even if the fighting continues.
  14. Forgive and try to understand whatís now and historically.
  15. Talk and talk and talk until the talking starts relationships and trust.

    We need someway to embrace the past conflicts between agriculture and tribes so that we can move forward with common interests and goals as true neighbors.

  16. More sharing of culture and history including reconciliation.
  17. The difference between the Agriculture "culture" and the tribal culture lies in the fact that Agriculture has to go to the bank and risk economic livelihood based on the amount of production. That amount of production is tied to irrigation water.
  18. The tribes do not have to get a loan to be repaid based on the number of salmon they catch. If Agriculture gets hit with another year, for many there will be NO next year. The tribes have been here for millennia and will be here next year.
  19. What parts of the current infrastructure are food and work for all?

    What forum, like Chadwick, will continue to bring diverse stakeholders together to share issues without confrontation?

  20. The relationship of this process to the CIP and other more formal groups.

    Tulelake page 20


    Have a community ceremony and a means to come together annually.

    $ Establish the whole Basin community with a celebration.

  21. Commit to holding a meeting in early April for setting short tem strategies and a gathering in October as a community festival.
  22. Schedule 2 annual whole basin ceremonies.
  23. A basin wide fall festival. Create a fall festival to share our mutual bounty. Basin wide Ritual event: October?
  24. A Klamath River Basin Celebration. An annual "eating" festival.

    Join in the ritual events, share in the values, beliefs and heart of the people, eating together. This has been shown to reduce anxiety.

  25. Provide invitations to rituals.
  26. Attend cultural events. Participate in ceremonies.
  27. Going to tribal gatherings. Importance of tribal visits. Go to tribal ceremonies.

    Design social interactions to begin strengthening our sense of a total basin community.

  28. Folks from entire basin building habitat for humanity house.
  29. Community clean-ups of the river and spending time with other members to get a better feel for what they do and who they are.

    More Chadwick Meetings throughout the watershed.

  30. Use "Chadwick-type" meetings focused on key relationships.
  31. Hold "Communicationí meetings. "Meeting and eating." The meet and eat idea.
  32. Monthly meetings of stakeholders to keep communication lines open.
  33. Town hall meetings to keep our communities informed.
  34. All basin sharing individual communities.

Tulelake page 57





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