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Please speak up on the draft recovery plan for coho salmon

We have a lot of work to do to turn the ship around, and it’s going to take everyone pitching in to save wild coho in the Rogue and Klamath Basins

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Please speak up on the draft recovery plan for coho salmon

Coho Salmon

Less than two centuries ago, wild salmon were abundant in the Rogue and Klamath River watersheds. Today, wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest are threatened with extinction from an onslaught of stresses including logging, mining, water withdrawals, dams and urban development which affect both the headwater streams and lowland riparian habitat that these species need to survive.

In 1997, coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) was listed on the Endangered Species Act for the southern Oregon and northern California coast (essentially what is also known as the Klamath-Siskiyou) because they are in danger of extinction. Federal agencies are required by the Endangered Species Act to complete a “recovery plan” that outlines how we can take actions to stop the trend toward extinction for a listed species. In February 2012—fifteen years after listing, a draft recovery plan has been released.

The bad news is that the likelihood for wild coho to be removed from the Endangered Species list is not very good. The good news is that the draft plan has a tremendous amount of local information on the status of coho salmon and offers hundreds of actions to help recover this species.

We have a lot of work to do to turn the ship around, and it’s going to take everyone pitching in to save wild coho in the Rogue and Klamath Basins.  Please send a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking them to improve the recovery plan by including important information about minimim healthy stream flows, and specifying effective stream buffer standards.

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