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  • April 28, 2017 8:10 AM | Sarah Malaby (Administrator)
  • April 28, 2017 8:08 AM | Sarah Malaby (Administrator)
  • April 25, 2017 2:09 PM | Sarah Malaby (Administrator)

    click here to see April Plants of the Month

    April Plants of the Month.pdf

  • September 25, 2015 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    This past May of 2015 the USFWS and the Xerces Society partnered and began work on a Western Monarch Butterfly Habitat Suitability Model (see attached flyer). The goal of the model is to help get a better understanding of where the western population of monarchs are breeding in the west, as well as to document the distribution of the monarch’s milkweed host plants. The resulting model will be used to inform western monarch conservationist’s as to the best locations to begin much needed habitat conservation projects.


    Now that fall is upon us and the field season is winding down, we’re gearing up to start trial runs of the model. We’ve spent the summer compiling and collecting milkweed and monarch data for the eleven states west of the Rocky Mountains: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY. However, the more data we can gather, the stronger the model will be. This is where we need your help. We hope that you’ve had a chance to get outside this summer, get your hands dirty, and perhaps collect some monarch and milkweed data while you were out there! If you were able to record any milkweed and/or monarch observations we would really appreciate if you would share those with us.


    We’re still encouraging folks to submit milkweed and/or monarch observations via the USFWS excel spreadsheet (attached and included in text of flyer) or the Xerces Society Milkweed Survey, located here.


    In hopes of capturing as much of the 2015 field data as possible, while still ensuring enough time for model results to inform 2016 planning, we’ve set a final data submission date of Monday, November 2, 2015. So if you would like to contribute to this modeling project, please report your observations by COB that date. If you choose to fill out the excel spreadsheet, please send those to Ashley Taylor at ashley.taylor@xerces.org or Liz Cruz at liz_cruz@fws.gov.  Please feel free to direct any questions to either Ashley or Liz.


    Thank you for your time and valuable contributions to the success of this project and monarch conservation.

  • August 24, 2015 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    LAKEVIEW, Ore.—Fremont-Winema National Forest officials have extended the application deadline for the national forest’s Resource Advisory Committee in an effort to encourage more Klamath and Lake County residents to apply to the 18-member volunteer committee.

    They have extended the applications for the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) until Friday, September 11, to encourage the submission of additional applications.

    “This important committee has a tremendous impact on how roughly $1.5 million is allocated each year for watershed restoration and forest management projects in Klamath and Lake Counties,” said Fremont and Winema RAC Designated Federal Official Michael Tighe. “RAC members volunteer their time, but are reward by knowing their work greatly improves the health of public and private land in their communities.”

    Members of the Fremont and Winema RAC collaboratively review and recommend watershed restoration and forest management projects for funding, in accordance with Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. Watershed restoration projects selected for funding will be implemented on public or private lands located within Lake and Klamath counties.

    The RAC must be balanced and diverse with equal representation from industry, environmental groups, elected officials and local residents. Membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities to ensure the recommendations of the committee have taken into account the needs of diverse groups.

    Members of the RAC volunteer their time, but are compensated for travel expenses and per diem. Meetings are alternately held in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, with some monitoring field trips scheduled each year.

    Citizens seeking to apply for Fremont and Winema RAC vacancies should contact Michael Tighe at 541-947-6246 (mtighe@fs.fed.us) or Fremont-Winema National Forest Partnership Coordinator Roland Giller at 541-783-4069 (rgiller@fs.fed.us). 

    More information and AD-755 membership application forms are available online at http://go.usa.gov/3Ab4j

  • February 06, 2015 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Siskiyou Field Institute offers field-based nature learning courses in and about the Klamath-Siskiyous. Dozens of classes are offered and are available for all ages and experience.


    Class begin at the end of March and run through the first week of November. Subjects range from beginner medicinal plants to botanizing various areas and birdwatching on Klamath Lake in a canoe.


    Visit SFI online


    Download the e-Catalog

  • November 10, 2014 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Steve Sheehy, longtime member of the Klamath Basin chapter was interviewed by Lee Juillerat for the Herald & News about his discovery of a new lichen species.


    Read the Article

  • October 31, 2014 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Oregon State University is conducting a once-per-decade assessment of non-motorized trail use on behalf of Oregon State Parks. The survey covers trail use anywhere in Oregon, from local parks to national forests.

    Surveys have been sent to a sample of trail users chosen at random, but OSU would like to hear from others who engage in non-motorized trail use.

    Survey responses will help local, state, and federal agencies efficiently allocate funding to meet the needs of non-motorized trail users. The survey, and each question in it, is voluntary. All responses are confidential – they will only be reported as part of larger groups.

    Complete and return the survey within three weeks will be entered into a drawing for one of two Oregon State Parks 12-month day use passes and one $100 grocery store gift certificate. It is estimated about 1,200 people will qualify for the drawing. Responses will be most helpful if completed by November 26th.


    Click Here to Take the Survey


  • October 20, 2014 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    Help restore a population of one of Oregon's rarest plants!


    Applegate’s milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei) is a federally endangered plant species that is endemic (only found here) to Klamath Falls. There are only a few known populations. Come help plant seedlings of this rare plant on protected land!


    What: help plant Applegate’s milkvetch seedlings


    Where: Euwana Flat Preserve, Klamath Falls, OR When: Friday, Oct 31, 1-3pm or Saturday, Nov 1, 9am- noon


    Why: help protect this special plant! Contact: Dr. Kerry Byrne (Kerry.Byrne@oit.edu) for more information and to RSVP so we know how many people to expect



  • June 12, 2014 5:32 PM | Anonymous

    Klamath Basin Chapter secretary and Oregon Tech Assistant Professor, Dr. Kerry Byrne has just been awarded a cooperative agreement research grant with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and implement a multi-year demographic monitoring program for Applegate’s milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei) individuals at the Nature Conservancy's Ewauna Flat Preserve in Klamath Falls, OR.

    This critically endangered plant species is one of Oregon’s rarest and most endangered plants. It was listed as Endangered in 1993 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is also an Oregon State Endangered species. A. applegatei is a narrow endemic of the Lower Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon, within the city of Klamath Falls.


    Past research has identified the unique germination requirements of the species and Rock Bottom Ranch Nursery (Bonanza, OR) has developed successful propagation techniques that use site-specific soils to improve germination rates.

    KBCNPSO members Steve Sheehy and Melissa Shroeder, along with Ron Larson, have planted propagated seedlings over the past two years at the Ewauna Flat Preserve. Additional seedlings will be planted this fall.


    Dr. Byrne’s proposed research will implement a multi-year demographic monitoring program to track the fate of out-planted individuals, in addition to developing a stage-based population model with information on seedling recruitment, plant life stage transitions, and plant mortality. These data will greatly assist Federal, State, and Local agencies in planning future population introduction and augmentation plans and is vital for the recovery of this imperiled species.

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