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JUNE 7, 2015


"Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement" with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams    

About our guest Tom Mallams

Tom was born and raised in Medford Oregon. His parents came to Oregon during the depression, so hard work and being a responsible individual was deeply ingrained at a very early age.  By the age of fourteen he had begun his career in the grocery business which eventually brought him to the Klamath Basin.

Tom graduated from Medford Senior High and spent 2 years at Southern Oregon College.  After a short disagreement with the Jackson County Draft Board, the Marine Corps was the next stop for Tom. Being part of the Marine Corps was always one of Tomís goals in life.

As many of you remember, surviving the 60ís was quite a challenge all by its self. The Marine Corps cemented in Tom the common values needed to continue progressing even in the toughest of times. After the Marine Corps, Tom returned to the grocery business, which brought him to the Klamath Basin in 1971.

In 1978, he and Bev had a major career change, by going into the ranching, farming and trucking business. His family has now been farming and ranching for five generations in the Klamath Basin.  It is not uncommon to see four generations working side by side in a hay field.  Thus began his introduction into the world of politics, which eventually brought him to the elected office of Klamath County Commissioner.  

Prior Government Experience:

  • United State Marine Corp
  • Testified before US Congressional Subcommittee Hearing
  • Vice Chair Klamath County Republican Party Central Committee
  • Klamath County Republican Precinct person
  • Klamath County Farm Use Advisory Board
  • Klamath County Soil and Water Conservation District Director
  • President Klamath Off-Project Water Users Association
  • President Sprague River Water Users Association
  • Chair Headwaters Local Advisory Committee Senate Bill 1010 Clean Water Act

Membership and Community Involvement:

  • Mentoring at risk youth
  • National Rifle Association
  • Klamath Tea Party Patriots
  • Citizens Protecting Rural Oregon
  • Oregon Hay Growers
  • Water for Life
  • Coached Youth Wrestling Mat Club
  • Oregon Farm Bureau
  • Oregon Cattlemanís Association

About our topic:

The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, (KBRA), began as a noble effort to solve many issues in the Klamath River Basin. Unfortunately, the current dam removal and KBRA do not deliver what is needed. There is no Basin wide or Congressional support. The southern Oregon and northern California elections in the last four years have proven that beyond any doubt! A durable solution can and must be achieved by continued negotiations, creating a viable settlement supported by the Klamath Basin citizens and our local, States and Federal elected individuals.

The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) are companion agreements between Klamath Basin Tribes, Irrigators, fishermen, conservations, counties, Oregon, California, and federal agencies.


Clamath River Basin PDF

Click on Map for a larger view.   REF:
Confidentiality Agreement Protocols.pdf
SNW 2007.pdf
T Mallams Handout SNW Fed Tax Filings1.pdf
Brock bank comments.pdf





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