Comments Needed to Protect Bull Trout Habitat

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed safeguarding the cold, clean water habitats that our fishing families and angling recreational economy depend on, by designating Critical Habitat for the bull trout. Bull trout share their waters with rainbow trout, brown trout, salmon, steelhead and many other species which provide valuable sport fisheries. Their continued decline is one indicator of the impact climate change is having on our fishing heritage and the jobs they support. By supporting  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal, we can encourage management practices that lead to cooler water temperatures and an improved chance that the fishing opportunities, so many Oregon families enjoy and depend on for their livelihood will remain for the next generation. This will also protect the future of Oregon’s $497 million recreational fishing economy.

Please write the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them:

1)   They must act decisively to stem the impacts climate change is having on our fishing heritage and the jobs it supports and that their proposed bull trout critical habitat designation is a positive step in that direction.

2)   You support Oregon’s recreational fishing jobs and the proposed designation of bull trout critical habitat that will help sustain them.

3)   The bull trout is a critical indicator species revealing the larger problem of climate change impacts to other trout and salmon fisheries. Protecting bull trout habitat will assist in the overall effort to ensure American families the future enjoyment of recreational fishing.

Comments can be submitted on line at: http://www.regulations.gov

In the box that reads “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter the docket number for this proposed rule, which is FWS-R1-ES-2009-0085. Check the box that reads “Open for Comment/Submission,” and then click the Search button. You should then see an icon that reads “Submit a Comment.”  Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

Or they can be mailed to:

Public Comments Processing  Attn: RIN 1018-AW88;
Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203

Comments must be received by March 15th 2010
Please send them in today!

For more information call or email the Sierra Club at (503)238-0442 / jeff.hickman@sierraclub.org

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