[env-trinity] FW: Zeke Grader chims in: Why Critical Habitat is
Essential to the Recovery of Salmon and Steelhead - new report
jallen at trinitycounty.org
Thu Aug 11 16:09:47 PDT 2005
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Posted by Zeke Grader
Folks: Other than thanking Byron for getting everyone a copy of
TU/Earthjustice's excellent white paper on salmon critical habitat, you
should be aware NMFS may release its designations tomorrow, Friday, the
12th, instead of Monday. The "Friday night dump" has become a favorite
of the Administration as a means of avoiding press on issues it knows
will be unpopular. It may be a good idea for people to make some press
contacts and get their thoughts to reporters today or tomorrow in
anticipation of such a move by the National Marine Fisheries Service
(excuse me, NO Fisheries).
- Zeke Grader
Posted by Byron Leydecker
Following provided by Kaitlin L. Lovell of Trout Unlimited in Portland,
Today, Earthjustice, National Wildlife Federation, and Trout Unlimited
released a white paper
on salmon and steelhead critical habitat entitled, "A Place Called Home:
Why Critical Habitat is
Essential to the Recovery of Salmon and Steelhead
mon_habitat_report.pdf> . (Click the title to follow the link to the
report or go to www.tu.org).
The report analyzes how the administration's critical habitat proposal
recovery throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho in three
1) Eliminates protection for vitally important but currently unoccupied
2) Trades habitat protection for policies and plans that were never
intended to protect salmon;
3) Further rolls back critical habitat protections based on unfair
The report does this by highlighting the people and places that have
benefited from critical
habitat protections throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their personal
stories show us that
moving lines on maps makes a difference for salmon and steelhead.
NOAA Fisheries is expected to announce its final decision on critical
habitat designations for 20
stocks of salmon and steelhead on Monday, August 15th.
Chair, Friends of Trinity River
Consultant, California Trout, Inc.
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