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"working with others, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife
and their habitat for the continuing benefit of the American people"

Pelicans-Upper Klamath Lake
American Pelicans - Upper Klamath Lake - Photo Credit-Ron Larson

Within the Upper Klamath Basin, conservation efforts are coordinated by the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office through the voluntary cooperation and participation of a variety of agencies, organizations, private landowners, and individuals. Conservation efforts to maintain and restore the function and health of the Upper Klamath Basin ecosystem are supported and facilitated through USFWS-sponsored activities including: 

  • Protecting and restoring animals and plants that are in danger of extinction both in the United States and worldwide. 
  • Providing expert biological advice to other Federal agencies, states, industry, and members of the public concerning the conservation of fish and wildlife habitats that may be affected by development activities.
  • Administering Federal grant money to support specific projects carried out by state fish and wildlife agencies. 
  • Assessing the effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife; 
  • Working with farmers, ranchers and agriculture agencies to conserve and restore wetlands on private lands.
ANNUAL REPORT for 2013 - Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office Annual Report (741 kb, pdf)
Ecosystem Resource conservation can best be achieved by an ecosystem approach to conservation. This is not a new concept. It was central to Aldo Leopold's concept of conservation biology and the need for a "land ethic". Writers such as Thoreau and Muir, and early ecologists such as Cowles, Forbes and Clements all stressed the need to recognize the role that each organism plays in the overall scheme of an ecosystem. We must learn how to protect and conserve natural biological diversity and ecosystem integrity, while supporting a sustainable level of human use.
Dam  Straightened River Water development activities and land use practices have resulted in significant changes in water quantity, water qualilty, and timing of flows. These changes have resulted in the loss of critical wetland and riparian habitats and alteration of forests and range lands. Many plant and animal populations are in decline.
Skyview-Klamath Marsh Because of the importance of water to wildlife and wildlife habitat, what happens in the headwaters of the Klamath Basin affects the entire downstream ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem can support a sustainable natural resource-based economy. Economic considerations and the needs of the community are an integral part of the solution.

KFFWO Partners include:

Local, County, State Governments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tribal Governments
Private Landowners
Community Members

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Farm Services Agency
National Park Service
Natural Resource Conservation Service

For more information, or to find out how you can get involved the Klamath Basin ecosystem, please contact:

Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office
1936 California Ave
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Phone: (541) 885-8481
FAX (541) 885-7837
email: kfalls@fws.gov

 

Last updated: January 24, 2014