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Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlife Corridor Protected
By Kimberley Baker, KFA Press
June 28, 2006

Early in 2006, a federal court judge sided with KFA and The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council who challenged the Redding BLM in a proposal to amend the 1993 Redding Resource Area Plan. The agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) by preparing an inadequate environmental assessment. The amendment would have shrunk the Horseshoe Wildlife Area in half. This critical biological corridor is located East of Interstate 5 just South of the Oregon-California border. It is managed cooperatively by the BLM and California Department of Fish and Game for big game, other wildlife and recreation.

The Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area provides vitally important biological connectivity functions and habitat values for wintering deer, elk and other wildlife living in the area and moving between the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a nationally important ecological area and the Klamath River drainage. Further, this area is essential for many neo-tropical migratory birds. It also contains some of the only relatively protected, in tact oak woodlands in the area.

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