Got this sent to me from WASHPIRG an environmental lobby group. If you like wild salmon please help.;P Where are the Conservative Republicans???? Last week, the Bush administration made two announcements regarding its plans for managing Northwest endangered salmon. First, the administration caved to pressure from developers and announced its plans to remove 80% of the critical habitat protections for several west coast salmon species called for under the Endangered Species Act. At the same time, the administration announced its new salmon recovery plan. Instead of restoring endangered Northwest salmon runs, the plan embraces declines in salmon populations, including declines that will lead to extinction, as legal and acceptable. Please take a moment to tell President Bush to implement real protections for our salmon. Then ask your family and friends to take action by forwarding this email to them. To take action, click the link below or paste it in your web browser: http://washpirg.org/WA.asp?id=784&id4=ES Background On Tuesday, November 30, the Bush administration made two important announcements about the Northwest Salmon Recovery plan and critical habitat designations for endangered salmon on the west coast. The announcements were in the news in a big way, including front page articles in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the New York Times. In one announcement, the Bush administration's National Marine Fisheries Service released their Final Biological Opinion for Northwest salmon recovery in the Columbia and Snake River Basins. Referred to as "the salmon plan," this plan lays the groundwork for future efforts to bring Northwest salmon back from the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, the Bush administration's plan does very little to ensure salmon populations fully recover. Most notably, the plan does not include dam removal -- the largest obstacle to salmon recovery. Instead, the plan accepts continuing decline of salmon populations, inevitably leading to salmon extinction. In a second announcement, the Bush administration revealed plans to remove up to 80% of critical habitat designations for several west coast salmon species. The announcement was a result of a lawsuit and significant pressure from special interests, in particular builders and developers. In fact, one Marine Fisheries Service official and key designer of the plan, Mark Rutzick, was formerly a lawyer for the timber industry who sued against the protections he now works to dismantle. Since winning reelection, the Bush administration and some Congressional leaders have publicly pledged to undermine the Endangered Species Act. The administration had the opportunity to ensure the protection of salmon, and so far it has failed. If we are to prevent salmon from going extinct, dam removal must be an option and critical habitat areas must be protected from overdevelopment. Please take a moment to demand that the Bush administration reconsider its disastrous biological opinion for the salmon plan and restore full protections to critical salmon habitat. Then ask your family and friends to help by forwarding this email to them. To take action, click the link below or paste it in your web browser: http://washpirg.org/WA.asp?id=784&id4=ES Wanna kill these ads? We can help!