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Protect and Restore Endangered Salmon and Trout

#120 WILD NORTHWEST, March 11, 2005
A Message from Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
=====Keeping the Northwest Wild=====

Protect and Restore Endangered Salmon and Trout

Bush administration proposal drops federal habitat protections across Pacific Northwest

The Bush administration has proposed a new policy under the Endangered Species Act that removes protections for habitat considered critical for restoring 20 endangered salmon and steelhead trout populations across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. Critical habitat protection helps maintain the healthy streamside forests, high water quality, and instream conditions that wild salmon and steelhead need for survival and recovery. Under the administration proposal, up to 90% of the habitat needed to restore imperiled chum, coho, sockeye and chinook salmon, and steelhead and resident rainbow trout would no longer receive federal protection. This is the latest of a series of Bush administration efforts to limit or restrict wild salmon and trout recovery by weakening protections on federal lands, mixing wild and hatchery fish, and ignoring impacts of Snake River dams.

Comments are due on Monday, March 14. Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to maintain critical habitat protections that ensure survival and recovery of wild salmon and steelhead trout across the Pacific Northwest. Streams and rivers that are designated as "critical habitat" are protected from logging, mining, road construction, and other development activities that harm imperiled salmon and trout. Areas with high quality habitat and abundant wild fish also provide clean and clear drinking water, and contribute to the health and vitality of tribes, rural communities, and economies across the Pacific Northwest and California. Wild salmon and steelhead need more habitat protection, not less, in order to live and prosper.

Take a moment to send a personalized email from our action center, //www.ecosystem.org/action/index.html?MessageTemplateID=3
or
Send written comments directly to:
Branch Chief Garth Griffin
National Marine Fisheries Service
Protected Resources Division
525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR, 97232-2737
Email: critical.habitat.nwr@noaa.gov
Fax: 503-230-5435

More information on the specifics of this proposal can be found at:
//www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/CHsite.htm

Maps of critical habitat may be viewed at:
//www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/CHmaps.html

Thank you for taking time to speak out to maintain and restore wild habitat for our wild salmon and trout!

Erin Moore
Communications Coordinator
Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
1208 Bay St., Ste. 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.671.9950 ext. 24
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