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2004 House Resources Committee Field Hearing in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Pre-Hearing Rally – July 17, 2004


"We must find a sound and balanced approach, one that conserves species while caring for our local communities as well. This hearing is specifically designed to discuss the abuse of this law and to find a scientific solution to updating and improving the ESA so that further generations will not have to suffer as the Klamath farmers have."

Rep. Richard w. Pombo (R-CA), Chairman, House Committee on Resources

Pre-Hearing Parade and Rally Schedule: Saturday, July 17, 2004

The day’s events will begin early with a march through Klamath Falls. Several logging, recreation, and agricultural groups are involved with putting this together. The procession will feature farmers, loggers, community youth organizations, and over 40 mounted horsemen. The group will proceed to the Ross Ragland Theatre for a pre-hearing rally. The preliminary itinerary is as follows:

  • 7:00 a.m. - Gather @ Veteran’s Park in Klamath Falls
  • 7:30 a.m. - March to Ross Ragland Theatre
  • 8:00 a.m. - Rally - with invited speakers
  • 8:40 a.m. - Doors open to Theatre

The Ross Ragland Theatre is located at 218 N. 7th Street in downtown Klamath Falls. The street area in front of the theatre will be cordoned off to accommodate pedestrian traffic.


Master of Ceremonies: John Elliott, Klamath County Board of Commissioners.

The speakers:

  • The Honorable Doug LaMalfa, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California.
  • Barry Beshue, President, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, Salem, Oregon.
  • Dan Keppen, Klamath Water Users Association, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
  • Bill Krum, Save our Scott and Shasta Valleys and Towns (SOSS), Yreka, California.
  • Bill Pauli, President, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento, California.
  • Rob Rivett, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California.
  • Elliott Schwarz, Rural Resource Alliance, Brookings, Oregon.
  • Craig Smith, Family Farm Alliance, Salem, Oregon.

The speakers represent a diversified group of resource managers and policy makers involved with Klamath River issues. Klamath watershed farmers, timber companies and fishermen – from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean - have completed an impressive array of conservation measures in the past decade. These hardworking rural Americans know that more actions can, and will, be taken – but incentives and regulatory relief to landowners, rather than more regulations – should drive these measures.

For additional information on the rally or the hearing, please contact either of the following:

Rob Crawford – 541-892-6685 Bob Gasser – 541-891-9113 Dan Keppen – 541-883-6100





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