Nowhere in America is there better opportunity to restore an entire river system.
Tim Palmer, author of The Wild and Scenic Rivers of America
in a speech to the California Wilderness Conference in Sacramento, 2001
Speeches and Testimony
"Bald Eagle Conference Plenary Speech" is a general overview of my views and vision for the Klamath Basin. It was given at the annual Bald Eagle Conference in 2000. It examines the plight of the extraordinary Klamath River Basin and how more much can be made locally from conserving and restoring nature rather than exploiting and depleting it.
"Tulelake Rotary Speech" presented my views and vision for the Klamath Basin in 1993. Prior to giving this speech, I was served with a SLAPP ("Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation") suit. It was later withdrawn by the plaintiff in exchange for the Oregon Natural Resources Council not suing him.
"Klamath Falls House Resources Committee Field Hearing Testimony" was summarized orally on June 16, 2001 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Events Center before a hostile audience of approximately 1,500 people.
In 1994, Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild) published 15 Damnable Dams (it was to be a dozen for the alliteration, but we just couldn’t stop at 12). Here’s the present scorecard:
Elk Creek Dam, Elk Creek of the Rogue River, removed in 2008
Gold Ray Dam, Rogue River, removed in 2010
Savage Rapids Dam, Rogue River, removed in 2009
Hines Mill Dam. North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, removed ca. 1996
Chiloquin Dam, Sprague River, removed in 2008
Still Need to Go
Winchester Dam, North Umpqua River
Hells Canyon Complex (Hells Canyon Dam, Oxbow Dam, Brownlee Dam), Snake River
Deschutes Complex (Pelton Dam, Round Butte Dam), Deschutes River
Three Mile Falls Dam, Umatilla River
Proposed Salt Caves Dam, Klamath River
Proposed Abert Lake Dam. Abert Lake
Proposed Milltown Hill Dam, Elk Creek of the Umpqua River
Nowhere in America is there better opportunity to restore an entire river system [than the Klamath River Basin].
Tim Palmer, author of The Wild and Scenic Rivers of America in a speech to the California Wilderness Conference in Sacramento, 2001