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Trout Unlimited Backs Out
of Columbia-Snake Salmon Suit

by Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman, November 21, 2011

Trout Unlimited announced today that it is asking permission from U.S. district Judge James Redden to withdraw as a plaintiff from the salmon and dam lawsuit against federal agencies.

"We have prevailed in the courts, from the Clinton administration through the Bush administration to the Obama administration," said TU CEO Chris Wood said. "But legal successes have not translated to fish recovery, and a cloud of uncertainty continues to hang over the region."

The lawsuit would continue since many other groups are involved. But Wood said his groups success with collaborative processes, including the Idaho Roadless Rule that protected 9 million acres of roadless federal lands, made them decide to back out and seek another way.

"We are asking the Obama administration to convene a forum to allow the communities of place and interest to work toward a solution that recovers wild salmon and steelhead while maintaining or improving the economic well-being of affected communities," Wood said.

Rocky Barker
Trout Unlimited Backs Out of Columbia-Snake Salmon Suit
Idaho Statesman, November 21, 2011

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