Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Public Invited to Participate in Long Term Plans for Klamath Refuges

Apr 21, 2010

Public Invited to Participate in Long Term Plans for Klamath Refuges

Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to participate in a series of meetings sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to gather ideas and suggestions concerning the long-term management of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  The Upper Klamath Basin is home to six national wildlife refuges, which are widely reputed to be among the most important in the world for waterfowl and other migratory birds.   

The purpose of these public meetings is to receive input about issues they would like to see addressed during the development of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Information about current Refuge management practices, the many natural resources on the Complex, and the CCP process will also be provided.   This plan will guide the management of the Complex for the next 15 years.   Topics to be addressed in the CCP include habitat and wildlife management, public uses, and agriculture and crop management permitted on the Refuge.     

“These refuges provide critical life support for both resident wildlife in the Klamath Basin and migratory birds worldwide,” said Refuge Complex Manager Ron Cole.   “In addition, the refuges are an important part of the outdoor experience for many people in the Klamath Basin, and we encourage the local community to become involved as we make plans for the future of wildlife conservation on these refuges.”

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located in northern California and southern Oregon and includes: Upper Klamath, Lower Klamath, Tule Lake, Clear Lake, Bear Valley and Klamath Marsh Refuges.  These refuges provide diverse habitats, including fresh water marshes, open water, coniferous forests, sagebrush and juniper grasslands, agriculture lands, and rocky cliffs, and support diverse and abundant populations of resident and migratory wildlife.     

For additional information visit our website at:  www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges, or contact Michelle Barry, Refuge Planner at (530) 667-2231.  Public meetings will be held at the following dates/times:

May 10, 2010  6:00-8:00pm

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair and Museum of Local History

Home Economics Building

800 Main Street

Tulelake, CA 96134

May 11, 2010 6:00-8:00pm

Medford Red Lion Hotel

Douglas Fir Room

200 North Riverside Avenue

Medford, OR 97501

May 12, 2010 6:00-8:00pm

Redding Oxford Suites

Shasta Lassen Rooms

1967 Hilltop Drive

Redding, CA 96002

 May 13, 2010 6:00-8:00pm

 Oregon Institute of Technology

 College Union – Mt. Scott Room

 3201 Campus Drive

 Klamath Falls, OR 97601 

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.