Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin / Edition 1

Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin / Edition 1

by Tupper Ansel Blake
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520213149

ISBN-13: 9780520213142

Pub. Date: 07/10/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

The Klamath Basin is a land of teeming wildlife, expansive marshes, blue-ribbon trout streams, tremendous stretches of forests, and large ranches in southern Oregon and northern California. Known to waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds, the Klamath Basin's marshlands are a mecca for birds along the Pacific Flyway. This gorgeously illustrated book is a paean to the

Overview

The Klamath Basin is a land of teeming wildlife, expansive marshes, blue-ribbon trout streams, tremendous stretches of forests, and large ranches in southern Oregon and northern California. Known to waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds, the Klamath Basin's marshlands are a mecca for birds along the Pacific Flyway. This gorgeously illustrated book is a paean to the beauty of the Klamath Basin and at the same time a sophisticated environmental case study of an endangered region whose story parallels that of watershed development throughout the west.

A collaboration between two photographers and a writer, Balancing Water tells the story in words and pictures of the complex relationship between the human and natural history of this region. Spectacular images by Tupper Ansel Blake depict resident species of the area, migratory birds, and dramatic landscapes. Madeleine Graham Blake has contributed portraits of local residents, while archival photographs document the history of the area.

William Kittredge's essay on the conjunction of conflicting interests in this wildlands paradise is by turns lyrically personal and brimming with historical and scientific facts. He traces the water flowing through the Klamath Basin, the human history of the watershed, and the land-use conflicts that all touch on the availability of water. Ranchers, loggers, town settlers, Native Americans, tourists, and environmentalists are all represented in the narrative, and their diverse perspectives form a complicated web like that of the interactions among organisms in the ecosystem.

Kittredge finds hope in the endangered Klamath Basin, both in successful restoration projects recently begun there, and in the community involvement he sees as necessary for watershed restoration and biodiversity preservation. Emphasizing that we must take care of both human economies and the natural environment, he shows how the two are ultimately interconnected. The Klamath Basin can be a model for watershed restoration elsewhere in the west, as we search for creative ways of solving our intertwined ecological and social problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520213142
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/10/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Otey Island/Everything is part of Everything
2. Sycan Marsh/Yamsi
3. The Marsh/The State of Klamath
4. Time Immemorial
5. Earthworks

The Klamatch Basin: The Land, the Wildlife

6. Feathers
7. The Rewards of Tenacity
8.
Inviolable Rights
9. Gridlock/Home Rule

The Klamath Basin: The People

10. Chemicals
11. Wetlands

12. Neighborhoods/Managing the Commons/Adjudicating the Future/Continuties

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