[env-trinity] FW: Zeke Grader chims in: Why Critical Habitat is Essential to the Recovery of Salmon and Steelhead - new report

Josh Allen 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,
OR. 

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 
<http://www.tu.org/atf/cf/%7B0D18ECB7-7347-445B-A38E-65B282BBBD8A%7D/sal


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
threatens salmon 
recovery throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho in three
important ways: 
  

1) Eliminates protection for vitally important but currently unoccupied
habitat; 

2) Trades habitat protection for policies and plans that were never
intended to protect salmon; 
and 

3) Further rolls back critical habitat protections based on unfair
economic considerations. 

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. 

Byron Leydecker, 
Chair, Friends of Trinity River 
Consultant, California Trout, Inc.

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