Governor Kitzhaber calls salmon suit counterproductive

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Center for Biological Diversity intends to sue the Department of Forestry, alleging harm to coastal coho salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

An environmental group's threatened lawsuit over management of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests would hinder ongoing efforts to craft a new plan to manage these lands, Governor John Kitzhaber and state forestry officials said.

"Through years of public-private partnerships, Oregon has made great progress on coastal coho salmon recovery. The Board of Forestry recently adopted, and is now designating, new state forest conservation areas, and we are in the midst of a robust public planning process addressing state forest management that includes ongoing collaborative discussions with conservation groups," said Governor Kitzhaber.

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