Summer 2002

The Big Dry

COVER STORY:
Cows plus drought equals misery for rivers in the West

Top 10 western rivers trampled by the livestock industry

1. Bear River -- Utah, Wyoming, Idaho

2. Salmon River -- Idaho

3. Gila River -- New Mexico, Arizona

4. John Day River -- Oregon

5. Owyhee River -- Oregon, Nevada, Idaho

6. Sweetwater River -- Wyoming

7. Big Hole River -- Montana

8. Little Humboldt River -- Nevada

9. Yampa River -- Colorado

10. Kern River -- California

Buyout or Bailout?

A Killing in the Klamath

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www.times.org
2002 Cascadia Times

 

Resources

Organizations working to protect rivers and lands in the west.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies
PO Box 8731 Missoula, MT 59807
Phone: 406-721-5420; FAX: 406-721-9917
awr@wildrockiesalliance.org
www.wildrockiesalliance.org

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) formed to meet the challenge of saving the Northern Rockies Bioregion from habitat destruction. We are thousands of individuals, business owners, and organizations taking a bioregional approach to protect and restore this great region.

American Lands
726 7th Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Phone: 202-547-9400; FAX: 202-547-9213
wafcdc@americanlands.org
www.americanlands.org

American Lands is dedicated to the protection and recovery of North American native forest, grassland, and aquatic ecosystems; the preservation of biological diversity; the restoration of watershed integrity; and the promotion of environmental justice in connection with these goals.

American Rivers NW Regional Office
150 Nickerson Street, Suite 311 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206-213-8330 FAX: 206-233-0334
arnw@amrivers.org
www.amrivers.org

American Rivers is a national conservation orgfanization that protects and restores North American rivers and fosters a river stewardship ethic.

American Whitewater
1424 Fenwick Lane Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-589-9453
www.americanwhitewater.org

American Whitewater is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1954 with a mission to 'conserve and protect America's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.' The organization is an authority on the restoration of rivers through the relicensing of hydropower dams and the access and use of private and public land in conjunction with private and public sector land managers. Authors of the International Scale of River Difficulty and the chronicler of river incidents, American Whitewater is also an authority on the practice of safety on Class II - V rivers nationally.

Boulder-White Clouds Coalition
PO Box 6813 Ketchum ID 83340
bwcc@wildwhiteclouds.org
www.whiteclouds.org

PROTECTING THE BEAUTIFUL Boulder and White Cloud Mountains in Central Idaho as wilderness.

California Trout
870 Market Street, Suite 1185, San Francisco, CA 94102
info@caltrout.org
www.caltrout.org

CalTrout's mission is to protect and restore wild trout, native steelhead and the waters they inhabit throughout California, and to create high quality angling opportunities for the public to enjoy. Although great fishing has been restored, protected, or made possible by much of our work, CalTrout is not a fishing club or organization. Quality angling is an outcome of our primary focus: to improve the health of the state's watersheds, rivers and lakes.

Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 710
Tucson AZ 85702-0710
Phone: 520.623.5252; FAX: 520.623.9797
center@biologicaldiversity.org
www.biologicaldiversity.org

Protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education, and environmental law.

Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Phone: 206-223-8434
info@celp.org
www.celp.org

The Center for Environmental Law and Policy works to protect and restore the natural integrity and enjoyment of Washington's waters. Through agency oversight, policy research, litigation and education, we serve as a voice for the public interest.

Columbia RiverKeeper
PO Box 912, Bingen WA 98605
Phone: 509-493-2808
PO Box 1254, Hood River OR 97031
Phone: 541-387-3030
PO Box 82733 Porltand OR 97282
Phone: 503-727-2580
www.columbiariver.org

A citizens group working to protect the water quality of the Columbia River and all life dependent upon her.

Committee for Idaho's High Desert
P.O. Box 2863 Boise, ID 83701
cihd@cihd.org
www.cihd.org

CIHD is a science-based non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection of the High Desert ecosystem throughout the Sagebrush steppe, with a primary focus on Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Northern Nevada. As a conservation and environmentalism advocacy organization, we use the tools of science and law to achieve our goal of preservation and protection of this unique natural area.

Earthjustice
426 17th Street, 6th Floor Oakland, CA 94612-2820
Phone: 510/550-6700; FAX: 510/550-6740
eajus@earthjustice.org
www.earthjustice.org

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities.

Forest Guardians
312 Montezuma, Suite A Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: 505-988-9126; FAX 505-989-8623
swwild@fguardians.org
www.fguardians.org

Forest Guardians is leading the fight to protect and restore the forests, rivers, grasslands, wildlife and wilderness of the Southwest.

Friends of Living Oregon Waters (FLOW)
P.O. Box 521, Ashland, OR 97520
Phone/FAX: 541-482-2049
flow@oregonwaters.org
www.oregonwaters.org

FLOW works to help end grazing on public lands through monitoring, legal oversight, and public education regarding various grazing allotments in Oregon, including those that impact Oregon's Wild and Scenic Rivers. For more information check out our End Public Lands Grazing page at http://www.oregonwaters.org/EPLG.htm.

Fund for Animals
National Campaign Office
8121 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring , MD 20910
Phone: 301-585-2591
www.fund.org

The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory, and has spearheaded some of the most historic and significant events in the history of the animal protection movement. With regional offices working around the country on hard-hitting animal advocacy campaigns, and animal care facilities such as the world-famous Black Beauty Ranch, The Fund is one of the largest and most active organizations working for the cause of animals throughout the world.

Green Fire Productions
PO Box 14906
Portland, OR 97293
karen@greenfireproductions.org
www.greenfireproductions.org

Creating communication tools for conservation, sustainability and justice.

Hells Canyon Preservation Council
P.O. Box 2768, LaGrande, OR 97850
Phone: 541-963-3950; FAX: 541-963-0584
hcpc@hellscanyon.org
www.hellscanyon org

Protectors of the Hells Canyon-Wallowa and Blue Mountain Ecosystems, HCPC has been called a model for rural-based ecosystem and wilderness advocacy. In addition to intensively scrutinizing, influencing and when necessary challenging federal land management policy in the region, HCPC has proposed a 2 million acre Hells Canyon-Chief Joseph National Preserve toward permanent protection of the Pacific Northwest's keystone ecosystem.

Hanford Action of Oregon
25-6 Northwest 23rd Place # 406 Portland OR 97210
robin@spiritone.com

Working for an environment safe from the contained hazardous radioactive wastes stored at Hanford, the nation's largest high level nuclear waste dumpsite, and the health of the Columbia River Basin.

Idaho Conservation League
icl@wildidaho.org
www.wildidaho.org

Wild Idaho! The Idaho Conservation League works to protect the waters, wild places and wildlife of Idaho through citizen action, professional advocacy and public education. "If it's not wild, it's not Idaho."

Kettle Range Conservation Group
PO Box 150, Republic WA 99166
Phone: 509-775-2667
www.kettlerange.org

Protecting ecosystem health for present and future generations. WIlderness: Our common heritage. Take a walk on the wild side at www.wildwashington.org.

Land and Water Fund of the Rockies
Boulder Main Office:
2260 Baseline Road, Suite 200 Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-444-1188; FAX: 303-786-8054
www.lawfund.org

Founded in 1989, the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies (LAW Fund) is a non-profit environmental law and policy organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the natural environment of the Interior American West. The Land and Water Fund uses law, economics, and policy analysis to protect land and water resources, protect essential habitats for plants and animals, and assure that energy demands are met in environmentally sound and sustainable ways.

Larch Company
The Larch Company, L.L.C.
1213 Iowa Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Phone: 541-201-0053 ; FAX: 541/201-0065 fax
andykerr@andykerr.net
www.andykerr.net

Andy Kerr (www.andykerr.net ) of the Larch Company is a consultant, writer and agitator for the wilds of Oregon and the American West. He directs the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign (www.publiclandsranching.org), founded Alternatives to Growth Oregon (www.AGOregon.org), is a board member of the North American Industrial Hemp Council (www.naihc.org), serves as a senior counselor to the Oregon Natural Resources Council (www.onrc.org), advises American Lands (www.americanlands.org) on sage grouse and Sagebrush Sea conservation, and is chair of Keep Oregon Oregon. His first book is Oregon Desert Guide. Next will be Oregon Wild: Threatened Forest Wilderness.

National Public Lands Grazing Campaign
www.publiclandsranching.org

The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign, a multi-year, multi-organization strategy to end abusive livestock grazing on the nation's public lands. Public lands livestock grazing is ecologically damaging, economically irrational, and fiscally imprudent. Conservationists and public lands grazing permittees/lessees could argue forever on these issues and never reach consensus. Or we could work together to lobby Congress to establish a voluntary federal grazing permit buyout program. NPLGC advocates legislation to pay grazing permittees/lessees $175 per animal unit month to voluntarily retire their permit or lease and end grazing on the associated allotment permanently. This legislation would provide grazing permittees/lessees with another option for their permit or lease, while relieving public lands from continued livestock grazing wherever the buyout option is exercised.

Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
1421 Cornwall Ave #201
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-671-9950; FAX: 360-671-8429
fmunson@ecosystem.org
www.ecosystem.org

NWEA protects and restores wildlands in the Pacific Northwest and supports such efforts in British Columbia. NWEA bridges science and advocacy, working with activists, policy makers and the general public to conserve our natural heritage. NWEA's report, Trampling the Trust (www.ecosystem.org/grazingreport.html), examines the fiscal impacts of the trust lands grazing program in Washington state.

Oregon Natural Desert Association
Main Office:
16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend OR 97702
Phone: 541-330-2638; FAX: 541-385-3370
Field Office:
732 SW Third Ave., Suite 407 Portland OR 97204
Phone: 503-228-9720; FAX: 503-228-9720
onda@onda.org
www.onda.org

ONDA works to protect the wildlands and waterways of Oregon's spectacular high desert while seeking to end industrial abuses of our public lands.

Oregon Natural Resources Council
5825 N Greeley, Portland OR 97217
Phone: 503-283-6343; FAX: 503-283-0756
info@onrc.org
www.onrc.org

Engaging activists in our wilderness campaign, ONRC seeks permanent protection for Oregon's pristine wildlands, wildlife and waters.

Pacific Rivers Council
PO Box 10798 Eugene OR 97440
Phone: 541-345-0119; FAX: 541-345-0710
info@pacrivers.org
www.pacrivers.org

Protects, restores rivers, their watersheds, and native aquatic species. Current programs emphasize aquatic conservation in forested watersheds.

Predator Defense
PO Box 5446, Eugene OR 97405
Phone: 541-937-4261; FAX: 541-937-4358
info@predatordefense.org
www. predatordefense.org

Predator Defense is a national organization founded in 1990.Our main focus is to abolish the USDA Wildlife Service (formally Animal Damage Control) predator control program. We closely monitor and challenge all government agencies that use tax dollars to kill wildlife on public and private lands.

Public Lands Grazing Activist
jburgess@grazingactivist.org
www.grazingactivist.org

Dedicated to reforming the federal government's approach to livestock grazing on lands administered by the U.S.D.A's Forest Service and the U.S.D.I.'s Bureau of Land Management. A web site loaded with links to grazing permits, NEPA documents, photos and research.

Public Lands Without Livestock
mhudak@attglobal.net
www.rangenet.org/directory/hudakm

Public Lands Without Livestock (a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs) is the only Eastern-based organization that conducts onsite investigations of livestock impacts on Western public lands. Findings are communicated through live slide presentations across the eastern U.S. as well as through articles and web-based
photo-displays.

Rainbow Film and Video Productions
2217 NW Johnson, Portland OR 97120
degenasci@teleport.com
www.rainbowvideoandfilm.com

Producing documentaries on threats to our air, water and forests. Working with citizen groups using videos as activist tools. Teaching production techniques to your activists.

RangeNet
webmaster@rangenet.org
www.rangenet.org

RangeNet.org, a network of individuals who are working to improve the ecological conditions of America's public rangelands, is a special project of Western Watersheds Project, Inc.

River Network
National Office:
520 SW 6th Ave., Portland OR 97204
Phone: 503-241-3506 or 800-423-6747; FAX: 503-241-9256
info@rivernetwork.org

www.rivernetwork.org

River Network protects rivers by organizing local groups, and by acquiring threatend riverlands for permanent protection.

Sierra Club Juniper Group
16 NW Kansas Av Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-385-6908; FAX: 541-385-3370
shauna@envirocenter.org
www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/juniper

Our long term priority campaigns include working with fellow conservation organizations to end commercial logging on our little remaining public forests (now mostly stump fields and tree farms), to adopt and help map and ground truth wilderness quality lands and forests in the Eastern half of Oregon, to help land management agencies eliminate livestock grazing on ecologically sensitive areas and perform restoration on public forests that actually restores the damage wrought by 50 years of overcutting.

Sinapu
4990 Pearl East Circle, Suite 301 Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-447-8655; FAX: 303-447-8612
www.sinapu.org

Sinapu, named after the Ute word for wolves, is dedicated to the restoration and protection of native carnivores and their wild habitat in the Southern Rockies, and connected high plains and deserts. We recognize the critical role top predators play in maintaining the health and diversity of the wild systems to which they belong. Only now are scientists beginning to uncover the complex relationships that predators hold together in the wild. Sinapu works tirelessly to undo over a century of Western politics, aiming to restore wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines, lynx, and river otter to their rightful place in the wild.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Phone: 907-586-6942; FAX: 907-463-3312
info@seacc.org
www.seacc.org

SEACC is dedicated to protecting the prime old-growth forest of the Tongass -- our biggest, wettest adn wildest national forest.

Tidepool
www.tidepool.org

Tidepool is the daily online news service for the rainforest coast. A project of Ecotrust.

Trout Unlimited
Western Conservation Office:
213 SW Ash St., SUite 205 Portland OR 97204
Phone: 503-827-5700; FAX: 503-827-5672
amoore@tu.org
www.tu.org

Trout Unlimited is North America's leading coldwater conservation organization, working to conserve, protect and restore trout, salmon and watersheds.

Umpqua Watersheds
PO Box 101, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-672-7065; FAXL: 541-672-7652
uw@umpqua-watersheds.org
www.umpqua-watersheds.org

Umpqua Watersheds is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the watersheds in the Umpqua River basin and beyond. Our Wild Forest and Mighty River Protection Programs keep trees standing in our public forests and rivers clean for fish, wildlife and communities.

Utah Environmental Congress
1817 So. Main St, Suite 10 Salt Lake City Utah 84115
Phone: 801-466-4055; FAX: 801-466-4057
uec@aros.net
www.uec-utah.org

The Utah Environmental Congress is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses with an interest in protecting the National Forests in Utah, as well as the wildlife that inhabit these forests.

Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Post Office Box 506, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Phone: 831-423-3191
www.ventanawild.org

The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is to protect, preserve, enhance and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains.

WaterWatch of Oregon
213 SW Ash St., Suite 208, Portland OR 97204
Phone: 503-295-4039
info@waterwatch.org
www.waterwatch.org

WaterWatch is Oregon's only conservation organization devoted exclusively to restoring and protecting natural flows in our rivers and streams. We work in the courts, the state legislature, government agencies, and with the public to ensure that enough water is left in our rivers to sustain the fish, wildlife, and people who depend on them. Our current campaigns focus on resolving the water woes of the Deschutes and Klamath rivers, and removing Savage Rapids Dam from the Rogue River.

Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West
Foundation for Deep Ecology, publisher
www.deepecology.org
Island Press, distributor
To order, go here.
George Wuerthner, Mollie Matteson, editors

Welfare Ranching presents one side of the debate over public lands ranching, offering a graphic look at the negative consequences of livestock production in the arid West. The authors highlight changes in the region that they see as being caused by ranching, and examine what they feel are problems associated with using tax dollars to support environmentally questionable activities. Through photographs and essays, the book shows examples of overgrazing along with what the authors argue are more subtle signs that indicate large - scale ecological disruption. The authors also discuss changes that could be made to help solve some of these problems.

Western Environmental Law Center
1216 Lincoln Street, Eugene OR 97401
Phone: 541-485-2471; FAX: 541-485-2457
westernlaw@welc.org
www.welc.org

WELC proudly represents activists, groups and tribes seeking to protect and restore the West's forests, grasslands, wildlife and communities.

Western Watersheds
Post Office Box 1770
Hailey, Idaho 83333
Phone: 208-788-2290
wwp@westernwatersheds.org
www.westernwatersheds.org

Western Watersheds ProjectWestern Watersheds Project, Inc. (formerly Idaho Watersheds Project), was founded in September 1993 to inventory Idaho school endowment lands for important riparian and watershed values and then apply to lease the most important areas and protect them by preventing abusive mismanagement such as the grazing of domestic livestock. Work continues to monitor and influence federal and state agencies which have responsibility to manage public land grazing allotments. WWP also continues to initiate litigation under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Land Policy Management Act and other laws to accelerate watershed restoration efforts on public lands.

Wolf Education & Research Center
111 Main St. Room 150, Lewiston, Idaho 83501
Phone: 208-924-6960 (Tours/Education); 208-743-9554 (Business)
WERC@camasnet.com
www.wolfcenter.org

The Wolf Education & Research Center is dedicated to further the public's understanding and knowledge of the wolf and its environment. With the assistance of the Sawtooth Pack "Wolves of the Nez Perce" visitors can see wolves in as natural setting as possible. Year round private tours, and seasonal self guided tours are available to observe the pack in their twenty acre enclosure.


Wyoming Outdoor Council
262 Lincoln
Lander, WY 82520
Phone: 307-332-7031
Fax: 307-332-6899
woc@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

www.wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

WOC is the largest statewide conservation organization in Wyoming and the state's leading advocate for natural resources conservation and environmental protection. WOC works to safeguard the state's spectacular national parks and protected areas, vast national forests and other public lands, world-renowned wildlife and its habitat, blue-ribbon fisheries and enviable air and water quality. We use a comprehensive array of strategies to achieve our goals, including mobilizing grassroots campaigns, organizing and leading coalitions of conservation groups, advocating progressive public policies and pursuing administrative remedies and legal interventions to prevent or mitigate environmental harm.