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Nature Conservancy partners with feds for Klamath wetlands
Capital Press  February 24, 2006

Another tract of former farmland on the edge of Upper Klamath Lake will be turned into wetlands in a cooperative venture between the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service and The Nature Conservancy.

The deal, announced last week, involves land east of the Williamson River in part of the delta where TNC has already created three deltas.

The tract is 2,155 acres and if a master plan is followed, it could expand to cover 6,000 acres. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation holds title to lands nearby which are also managed for water storage.

As part of the agreement, TNC put the eastern tract in the NRCS wetlands reserve program.

Most of the land was diked and reclaimed for farming in the 1940s and 1950s. Fisheries biologists believe the restored wetlands will increase habitat for endangered suckerfish.




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