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KLAMATH FALL FWO: Strengthening Partnerships Between Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office and Klamath Tribes
California-Nevada Offices , January 1, 2013
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Shortnose sucker
Shortnose sucker - Photo Credit: USFWS

By John Riens

A partnership between the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office and the Klamath Tribes is being strengthened through the development of a Tribal Liaison position. The intent of this position is to foster an atmosphere of partnership, cooperative project planning, and sharing of scientific information and technology. This position also will leverage this partnership to garner additional funding that furthers watershed restoration activities in the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon.

The Upper Klamath Basin historically supported large populations of both culturally and federally significant, endemic fish species known as the shortnose sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris), Lost River sucker (Deltistes luxatus), and interior redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gibbsi). Unfortunately, populations of these species continue to decline due to degraded habitat and water quality. This partnership works to counter these species population declines by more efficiently and effectively restoring Upper Klamath Basin habitats. Klamath Falls FWO and the Klamath Tribes are pooling resources to restore riparian, wetland, riverine and upland habitat for native fish, other aquatic species, and terrestrial wildlife.

The focus of these on-the-ground activities will be on the restoration and monitoring efforts of shortnose sucker, Lost River sucker, and interior redband trout. However, projects will mutually benefit additional federal and cultural trust resources such as Wocus (yellow pond lily; Nuphar luteum ssp. polysepalum) across the basin. In order to demonstrate the dedication to this partnership the group is developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that should be completed in 2013. This MOU is designed to tie this partnership closer and open the communication line to more efficiently and effectively restore the Upper Klamath Basin.

John Riens is a fish and wildlife biologist with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program at the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Contact Info: John Riens, 541-885-2503, John_Riens@fws.gov
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