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Hearing witnesses set
scientists top list; Allen Foreman to answer
Politicians and scientists make up most of the
lineup of witnesses for the U.S. congressional
hearing set for Saturday in Klamath Falls, and
Klamath Tribes Chairman Allen Foreman will get a
chance to answer questions from the panel of
"This weekend's hearing affords us the opportunity
to revisit the 30-year-old Endangered Species Act in
depth, an act that can dramatically impact the lives
of species and property owners," said Rep. Greg
Walden, who includes Lake and Klamath counties in
his congressional district, and is a member of the
The hearing begins at 9 a.m. at the Ross Ragland
Theatre. It is open to the public.
said it would have been nice to see more irrigators
represented, but those set to talk should give the
people of the Klamath Basin a good idea of where
things should go next.
That shows that there are problems with the
Endangered Species Act and the way it is applied, he
Foreman won't give oral testimony, but by
accompanying Fletcher, he will be able to answer
questions from committee members, said Amanda
Lawson, a press aide for the committee.
Foreman's role demonstrate that legislators don't
really want to hear what he has to say, said Steve
Pedery, policy analyst with Oregon Natural Resources
Council, formerly of WaterWatch.
Before the hearing, members of the Klamath Tribes
and members of the agriculture community plan to
have marches to the theater from opposite sides of
downtown. The Tribes plan to start at 7:30 a.m. at
the Klamath County Museum, and the water users and
others plan to start at Veterans Park about the same
Officials from both sides have said their rallies
will be peaceful.
Farmers and their supporters plan to march with 40
to 50 flag-bearing horses and then listen to a half
dozen speakers in front of the Ross Ragland, said
Bob Gasser, co-owner of Basin Fertilizer and
Chemicals and rally coordinator.
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