Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office and the National Marine Fisheries
Service announced last Friday (Jan. 22) they had dropped their appeals
of federal court ruling that, in essence, forced an Endangered Species
Act listing for Oregon coastal coho salmon.
The state had tried to avert the listing through remedial actions prescribed
in its Coastal Salmon Restoration Plan. NMFS, in deference to the state
plan, opted last spring not to list the coastal coho.
But U.S. District Court …