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Feds seek contract to flood Barnes Ranch
The Barnes Ranch is back in the federal budget, but
whether the ranch gets bought or not it could soon
be under water.
"They'll put a whole lot or very little on it," Sabo
The 2,500-acre ranch is at the northern edge of
Upper Klamath Lake. If it is idled, it would save
2,500 acre-feet of water, figuring an acre-foot
saved per acre idled, Sabo said.
For two years, officials have tried to get the ranch
into its water storage portfolio for the Klamath
The Barneses had asked for $9.1 million for the
ranch when they had a deal with the American Land
Conservancy in 2003. But the funding for the deal
would have come from the federal government and
without approval from the U.S. Congress, it can't
pay more than the appraised value for land.
option the conservancy group held on the land has
expired, and another appraisal is in the works,
which officials think will show a higher price that
reflects recent sales of nearby land.
"Until that is done, there is really nothing to
comment on," she said.
Mark Stern, Klamath Basin director for The Nature
Conservancy also said his conservation group could
think there is still interest on the part of the
administration in acquisition of Barnes as part of a
solution," Sabo said.
"It's poised to go, it's the closest, quickest thing
we got to added storage right now," Mullis said.
Last year, President Bush proposed $4.6 million to
buy the property, but the U.S. Congress didn't
appropriate the money.
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