Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is seeking to contract with local producers for cooperative farming privileges on 3,501 acres at Lower Klamath NWR and 460 acres at Tule Lake NWR. All growers are welcome to apply and contracts are for crop share, meaning the resulting crop is shared by the cooperator and the refuge. Growers are responsible for all growing costs, and the refuge provides land.  

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Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans

Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, will hold a public meeting on 2019 Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans on Friday, March 22.

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Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

For years, I’ve heard from ranchers across our district who watched as wolf populations continue to grow, harassing and killing their livestock. This truly threatens their livelihoods. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcome news for Oregonians and people across the West who have been waiting for action to delist the gray wolf, after the…

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Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

The gray wolf, an iconic species of the American West, had all but disappeared from landscape in the lower 48 states by the early 20th century. Now it roams free in nine states and is stable and healthy throughout its current range. This constitutes one of the greatest comebacks for an animal in U.S. conservation history. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-affirming the success of this recovery with a proposal to remove all gray wolves from protection under Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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BOR Requests Comments on Klamath Project Draft Environmental Assessment

BOR Requests Comments on Klamath Project Draft Environmental Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation invites public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment titled, Implementation of Klamath Project Operating Procedures 2019-2024. The draft evaluates the proposed action for the Biological Assessment that was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dec.21, 2018, as modified on Feb. 15, 2019.

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Monarch on a Mission

Monarch on a Mission

When Akimi King found monarch butterfly eggs in her garden near Klamath Falls, Oregon, in August 2017, she had no idea one would make western monarch history as the first Pacific Northwest migrant observed reproducing in California.

Since monarch survival in the wild is less than two percent, King, a biologist in the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office, raised the larvae indoors for the next month.

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Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 18, 2018

Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 18, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS OR. – Hard work by firefighters on the ground combined with air resources has resulted in 90 percent containment of the 518 acre Stukel Fire. Fire crews will continue mop up operations today while addressing rehabilitation needs from dozer line created during suppression of the fire.

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Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 17, 2018

Wildfire Update: Stukel Fire, October 17, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS OR. – With assistance from air support, firefighters made great progress on the fire, increasing the containment to 70 percent by connecting lines on the north side of the Stukel fire from the west to the east. The line on the east side of the fire, to protect infrastructure, is in place keeping the fire from moving towards communications towers and private property.

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Crews Work to Gain Containment of the Stukel Fire

Crews Work to Gain Containment of the Stukel Fire

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Firefighters continue to work on establishing control lines on the south end of Stukel Mountain. Priority is to keep the fire east of Hill Road, and south and west of Stukel Road.

Suppression priority today will be protection of private property, and the communications site on the summit of Stukel Mountain.

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Fast-moving Stukel Fire grows to 750 acres [LIVE VIDEO]

Fast-moving Stukel Fire grows to 750 acres [LIVE VIDEO]

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership resources are on scene working to stop the spread of the Stukel Fire approximately 4 miles southwest of Olene, OR.

The fire was reported this afternoon and is primarily burning on Bureau of Land Management (Klamath Falls Resource Area) protected land, and some private. It is burning in grass and brush in fairly steep terrain on Stukel Mountain and is visible from Klamath Falls and surrounding areas.

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Butte Valley Wildlife Area Control Burn

Butte Valley Wildlife Area Control Burn

Yreka, Ca- CAL FIRE will be assisting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Butte Valley Wildlife Area with a control burn in the next couple months’ weather permitting. The specific burn location will be near Pond 9A.

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Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be conducting prescribed fire operations starting September 25, 2018 on the Fremont-Winema NF Chemult Ranger District, as environmental conditions permit.

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Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Now that fall weather has arrived, fire managers on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex are looking for opportunities to apply prescribed fire to the landscape.

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Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be lifting Public Use Restrictions effective at midnight tonight for most of the area. Public Use Restrictions remain in effect for the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/25/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/25/18

The Stone Fire is currently 38,467 acres and 56% contained. There are 998 resources assigned to the fire, including seven helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.

The fire was quiet overnight, and crews were able to tie the last piece of dozer line from Turner Creek northeast along the Forest Road system into Loveness Road at Forest Road 42N17.  They assured that no heat was close to the fire’s edge on the eastern side of the fire, which is now completely lined.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/24/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/24/18

The Stone Fire is currently 38,188 acres and 25% contained. There are 971 resources assigned to the fire, including seven helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.

The fire continued to burn actively until the wind decreased. Firefighters worked directly along the fire’s active edge, completing containment line along the northwestern edge between Forest Road 41N44E and Forest Road 41N17.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/18/18 PM

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/18/18 PM

The Watson Creek Fire burned actively through the day Friday in dense standing and downed vegetation dominated by bug killed lodgepole pine. Access to the fire is difficult, challenging fire fighters on their ability to directly attack the fire. Air resources supported the fire with water drops and will continue today, as smoke and visibility allow. An infrared camera was flown over the fire last night, allowing managers to more accurately map the fire size at 10,455 acres.

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