Two Petitions that are Vital to the continuation of Klamath Basin

                                 

                                          Farming, Recreation and ACCESS

 

 

These two petitions are to Keep the Winema-Fremont National Forest in Oregon OPEN to public use. 

ANYONE can sign them, and you can live ANYWHERE – after all, this is Oregon forest today, and YOUR forests Tomorrow! Do you enjoy food from farming? Do you like to recreate? Then, PLEASE, sign these two petitions!

Please, sign both petitions – please, husbands and wives, sign the petitions separately from your spouses. We hope to have a four-FOOT-tall stack of petitions, and individual signers will help the stack grow faster.

Hunting, fishing, trail riding, camping, woodcutting, etc., will likely be totally banned and/or exorbitant fees charged to continue recreational pursuits of any kind, no matter how 'passive.'

We hope to present a HUGE stack of signed petitions to the Klamath Basin federal, State, and local government representatives at a public meeting in February 2004.

Please return signed petitions to either of the following:

The Basin Alliance

P.O. Box 8161

Klamath Falls, OR  97601

or

The Klamath Bucket Brigade

201 Main Street, Suite B

Klamath Falls, OR  97601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           Request to Elected and Agency Officials, to Provide Equal Access

To Negotiations in the Klamath Basin

 

 

Whereas:  The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust has set up closed-door negotiations, purportedly with the support of high levels of government, to obtain a comprehensive settlement of Klamath Basin Issues.

 

 

Whereas:  The above negotiations appear to be attempting to develop agreements to give away hundreds of thousands of acres of our public land and set forth water management decisions that will have a vast effect on the whole community.

 

 

Whereas:  I do not believe Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust’s objectives represent the goals of the community, or the best interests of the Klamath Basin.

 

 

Whereas:  The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust has hired Dr. Jake Kann, a Tribal scientist whose work was used in the 2001 biological opinion – the BO that shut down the Klamath Project.

 

 

Whereas:  The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust has been the benefactor of exclusive contracts to market water.

 

 

Whereas:  According to their white paper, the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust seeks to purchase the water rights from 48 square miles of agricultural land, threatening tens of thousands of acres of irrigated agriculture.

 

 

Whereas:  The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust appears to have a significant conflict of interest, in the both the president and secretary personally profit from water marketing contracts.  Additionally the president’s daughter is a scientist involved in determining the amount of water gained.

 

 

I therefore request that the government halt all support of the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust particularly support for closed-door negotiations to give away our National Forest lands to the Klamath Tribe.  I also request that there be no more special deals provided by the Government to the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust.

 

 

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Request to Elected and Agency Officials to Maintain Intact the Winema and Fremont National Forests as part of our National Heritage for the use of all citizens.

 

Whereas:  The Klamath Tribes of Oregon are attempting to have 690,000 acres of our National Forest given to them.

Whereas:  The Klamath Tribes have filed claims for water which would prevent virtually all surface irrigation in the Upper Klamath Basin.

Whereas:  The Klamath Tribes voted to introduce the voluntary withdrawal act, in Congress allowing their members to sell the reservation for cash (February 2, 3, and 9th 1950 tribal council meeting).  The voluntary withdrawal act did not pass Congress but evolved into the Act Providing for Termination of Federal Supervision of the Klamath Tribes allowing the Tribes to sell the reservation in exchange for cash, for the withdrawing members.

Whereas:  As reported at the July 29, 1954 General Council meeting the elected Tribal delegates, wrote the following about the Termination Bill “In conclusion, we desire to advise the tribes that we believe one of the most desirable features of the bill, and one which has encouraged us to agree upon the bill as reported by the House Committee, is that which provides for a complete and accurate appraisal of tribal property.”

Whereas:  1,659 tribal members voted to sell and 80 voted to remain; 394 did not vote (source: the Federal Register and the list of Persons Electing to Remain), and the Tribal Members received over $220 million actual dollars compensation for the various sales (approximately $990 million in today’s dollars).

Whereas:  If this new reservation is granted, thousands of landowners will be in the middle of a sovereign nation, property values will likely plummet, access may be denied or curtailed for woodcutting, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, boating and other recreational opportunities.

Whereas:  The Tribes receive millions in federal funding.  These monies have been used in part to fund legal and scientific efforts to claim all the water of the Klamath Basin.  If successful these efforts would ruin communities and the agricultural economy.

Whereas:  If funding to the Klamath Tribe was to be eliminated, individual members would still receive health, education and welfare benefits from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as part of a federally recognized Tribe.

I therefore request that the Klamath Tribes of Oregon not be granted any new lands. I also request the elimination of all federal funding of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon, making the tribe self-sufficient, as envisioned in the act restoring federal recognition.

 

 

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