Klamath Watershed Partnership Mission
To conserve, enhance and restore the natural resources of the Klamath Basin, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the regional economy and local communities.
Who is the Klamath Watershed Partnership?
The Partnership is a community-based organization that provides watershed education and restoration in the Upper Klamath Basin. A diverse Board of Directors includes members of the Tribal, agricultural and conservation communities, as well as representatives of eight local working groups. Together they help direct the activities of the Partnership in ways that sustain, not only the ecosystem, but also local economies.
The Partnership is involved from start to finish in a wide range of large and small voluntary restoration projects throughout the Basin. The project begins when a landowner contacts the Partnership with an interest in restoration work, such as riparian fencing to help reduce stream bank erosion, screening diversions, or a new irrigation system that uses water and power more efficiently. Staff from the Partnership then works closely with them to design a project that fits with their values and also pencils out economically for them. Learn More>
Evaluating Stream Restoration Projects in the
Sprague River Basin
The primary purposes of this project is to synthesize, evaluate, and refind basin-wide goals, classiry completed projects, and select specific projects for a detailed evaluation. The detailed evaluations of the selected projects addresses two questions about stream restoration projects in the Sprague River Basin:
1) Are stream restoration proejcts in the basin meeting their success criteria?
2) Are stream restoration projects in the basin collectively supporting achievement of basin-wide stream restoration goals?
This report is the result of the coordinaed efforts of a large team committed to improving stream restoration practicies in the Upper Klamath Basin:
Click here to read the report
The Klamath Watershed Partnership has entered into an agreement with the USDA, Fremont-Winema National Forest to establish the working group Great Outdoors Alliance (GOA), which is comprised of multiple stakeholders who have a mutual interest in establishing long-term relationships to support and achieve a grass-roots approach to protecting our lands and waters and connecting all Americans to their natural and cultural heritage.
KWP and the US Forest Service both have a common vision to foster partnerships and connections across national, state and local levels, and to create opportunities for education, conservation and recretation in southern Oregon and northern California. This collaborative effort will work to:
- increase recognition and appreciation of this area;
- enhance existing resources;
- acquire funding for education, conservation and recreation; and
- ensure that all people can enjoy these asssets in the future.
The Partnership has hired Ellen Minichiello as the GOA Educator, who will provide public programs and conservation education as part of the Outdoors Alliance Participating Agreement. Originally from Massachusetts, Ellen started her career as Teacher/Naturalist with Mass Audubon 15 years ago working in several nature centers where education, conservation and advocacy came together. Many of those years she was in and around the ocean, her passion, engaged in self-studies in marine conservation through diving and snorkeling. She taught hundreds of school children about their watersheds, and offered canoe programs to engage city residents in learning about their actions on land and subsequent water quality (non-point source pollution). Ellen has also been a program coordinator, facilitator for teacher workshops, and a liaison for natural resource partners and communities. Ellen says “she looks forward to working with the Klamath Watershed Partnership as the Great Outdoor Alliance Educator to offer programs with other organizations and continue to teach outdoor skills and conservation education”.
If you would like more information about the program, or if you would like to participate in outdoor classrooms, contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This field guide is intended to provide a practical, science-based framework for activities designed to restore characteristic functionality, resistance and resilience to dry forest ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer landscapes. It includes:
- basic principles for restoring dry forest stands and landscapes
- examples of applications of the principals
- silvicultural prescriptions for different forest types, and
- strategies for learning and adaptive management.
To download a copy of the field guide visit: http://nature.ly/dryforests
By Jim E. O’Connor, Patricia F. McDowell, Pollyanna Lind, Christine G. Rasmussen, and Mackenzie K. Keith
The Sprague River basin encompasses 4,167 square kilometers (km2) of south-central Oregon and is a principal tributary (via the Williamson River) of Upper Klamath Lake. The main-stem Sprague River, as well as the lower reaches of the North Fork Sprague River, the South Fork Sprague River, and the Sycan River, meander through broad alluvial valleys historically supporting agriculture and livestock grazing. National and regional interest in restoring Klamath Basin ecosystem conditions and processes has motivated several restoration strategies and projects in the Sprague River basin to improve aquatic, riparian, and upland habitat conditions, particularly for endangered fish species (National Research Council, 2004).
The above mentioned study, jointly conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Oregon and in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Klamath Basin Ecosystem Restoration Office and the Hatfield Restoration Program, had the goal of helping management and regulatory agencies evaluate restoration proposals and to guide effective restoration and monitoring strategies for the Sprague River and its principal tributaries by summarizing overall the geomorphic setting and historical and current channel and flood-plain processes and conditions.
This report summarizes all aspects of the study. Click here to read the report.