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article with KFA violates rules also printed
in the Pioneer Press newspaper on April 14,
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 Vol. 32, No. 22 Page 14, column 1
Submitted by Liz Bowen, Assistant Editor of the Pioneer Press
Short list of KFA's activities
The following is a short list of influences made by Klamath Forest Alliance. These have been sent to the Secretary of State, Kevin Shelley. If anyone knows of other specifics, contact Secretary Shelley or the Pioneer Press and they will be added to the long list.
- Secured a commitment of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior for an in-stream flow needs assessment that covered not only the mainstem of the Klamath, but also the Scott and Shasta Rivers.
- Secured a commitment of the Department of Interior to develop a long-term operating plan for the Klamath Irrigation Project.
- Clean Water Act lawsuit to force EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and California Water Board to address sediment and temperature issues in the Scott, Shasta and Klamath Rivers.
1996 - 1997 -
- Intervention in a lawsuit that was brought by Klamath Project irrigators, but lost.
- KFA and ONRC were engaged in Clean Water Act administrative advocacy and citizen enforcement litigation.
- KFA appealed grazing allotments on the Forest Service managed Forests in the Klamath Basin.
- KFA prepared a report on National Forest roads. "The report is a tool we will use in our continuing efforts to accelerate road decommissioning in key salmon watersheds." Pace said in the Klamath River Protection Program Report - October 1996.
-A cooperative project with the Karuk Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service, decommissioning of Steinacker road in Wooley Creek was accomplished.
- KFA was "actively interacting" with the National Marine Fisheries Service concerning standards for riparian and watershed protection pursuant to the coho salmon listing to the Endangered Species Act.
- As a co-petitioner and co-plaintiff, the coho listing was creating the "anticipated strategic impact" to drive reform of agriculture, forestry and other practices.
- Wrote a letter to the County of Siskiyou complaining of "illegal appointments" of individuals to the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District after Felice Pace, executive director of KFA, was denied a position on the district.
- Carol Wright, executive director of KFA, traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby against the timber industry.
- Asked activists to write comments on the new Forest planning regulations and provided information to use in comments.
- Argued to increase the size of the Soda Mountain Area.
- KFA and Oregon Natural Resources Council filed a "notice of intent" to file suit against the Bureau of Reclamation in the upper basin of the Klamath Project regarding regulation of releases from Iron Gate Dam and its impact on lower Klamath coho salmon.
- Complained to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it wanted all funds scrutinized that may be used to aid the new Scott River Watershed Council. Questioned the validity of the new watershed council, which served as an advisory group to the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District.
- Filed lawsuit against County of Siskiyou and Nash Ranch regarding use permit for a reclamation plan. Filed an appeal, when the lawsuit lost in court.
- Comment on California Board of Forestry Timber Harvest Rules, with threats of litigation.
- Sent "notice of intent" to sue the U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Game and California Department of Water Resources about the alleged "take" of coho salmon in local streams.
- Judge ruled against KFA's appeal of decision regarding County of Siskiyou and Nash Ranch use permit.
- Pace and Carol Wright blasted socio-economic study in the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting and provided packets discussing the "fantastic waste of money."
- In a letter to the California Department of Fish and Game, KFA officials stated that the organization was considering petitioning to have spring chinook listed as endangered pursuant to federal and state Endangered Species Acts. As "Conservation Director" Pace requested the Fish and Game commission take "emergency action" and limit fishing.
- "Notice of Intent" to sue Heidi and Doug Cole for using their water right.
- Pace blasted the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors for passing a resolution supporting the Klamath Basin farmers.
- Bragged in an "interview" that was posted on web sites that KFA has "won lawsuits and sat with the President at the Forest conference ... ."
-Pace wrote to U.S. Congressman Wally Herger stating he represented "Family Farmers in Siskiyou County" and slammed Herger for his opposition a rider HR2646 Farm Bill.
- Pace claimed to represent "Family Farmers in Siskiyou County" and emailed numerous "salmon advocates" to oppose $600,000 that "may be granted" to local farmers and ranchers by the California Water Control Board for fish restoration.
- Pace publicly opposed the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors resolution that asked the State of California not to list the coho salmon with the California Endangered Species Act.
- In the KFA newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 1, Winter 2002, Pace said that Carol Wright was stepping down from serving as executive director of KFA, but that she will continue as "volunteer activist" covering government activity in Sacramento and to work for forest roadless and Wilderness protection.
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