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Minimum Recovery Goals for
Wild Salmon is Abysmal

by Jennifer Siler
The Oregonian, December 10, 2011

(Torsten Kjellstrand) Judge James Redden I found your editorial on Judge James Redden and Columbia Basin salmon to be a bit odd ("Judge of the river," Dec. 6). The editorial board commends Redden's efforts to uphold the law while painting him as a maverick at the same time. Which one is it? Hard not to be cynical, perhaps, given the state of affairs: years of litigation without a clear end in sight.

The federal government's track record of meeting its own minimum recovery goals for wild salmon is abysmal. Better to stop wasting time on cherry-picked collaboration and agree to an open and honest discussion about all options for restoring wild salmon populations; the very thing the editorial board seems quick to dismiss.

We can't rely on a federal judge for all the answers. Northwest leaders should ensure that communities standing to lose and gain from any decision are included in determining the fate of the Columbia Basin.

Related Pages:
Judge of the River by Editorial Board, The Oregonian, 12/5/11
We Should Embrace the Cleaner, Greener Technologies of the 21st Century by Reed Burkholder, The Oregonian, December 10, 2011
The State of Washington Appears to Have Come to a Cynical Conclusion by Mary Lynn Gregson, The Oregonian, December 10, 2011

Jennifer Siler, North Portland
Minimum Recovery Goals for Wild Salmon is Abysmal
The Oregonian, December 10, 2011

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