Oregon Natural Resources Council, Pacific Rivers Council, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Audubon Society of Portland, Coast Range Association, Siskiyou Regional Education Project, and the Sierra Club, represented in court by Earthjustice, will ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency order reinstating the ESA protections so that wild coho salmon continue to be protected while the legal case works its way through the court system.
"We will speak for the fish," said Kristen Boyles, an attorney with Earthjustice. "The National Marine Fisheries Service has written off Oregon coast coho by deciding not to appeal and leaving the fish unprotected, but we will not let that happen."
The delisting decision has given the green light to timber sales in the Umpqua National Forest to go forward on lands that drain into coho spawning streams. This winter's coho run likely will suffer as a result of this logging.
The eight conservation and fishing groups have worked for wild coho protection for over a decade; many were involved in filing the initial petitions that led to the threatened species listing for coho salmon in Oregon.