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Agency Lake off habitat list
Published September 24, 2005
The change came in a final
list released Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service of waters that need to be protected for the
recovery of the fish that is labeled threatened
under the Endangered Species Act.
In all, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed 911 stream miles and 24,610 acres of lakes or reservoirs as bull trout critical habitat. All of the lakes and marshes are in the Klamath Basin, in the Sycan Marsh. Last September, officials announced what they said would be the final listing for the habitat, but then decided to re-evaluate the list.
One of the places that was
changed in the re-evaluation was Agency Lake. Last
September's listing called for 706 miles of streams
and 33,939 acres of lakes and reservoirs, made up of
the Sycan Marsh and Agency Lake.
Fish and Wildlife officials
said Friday they plan to designate 3,780 miles of
streams and 110,364 of lakes and reservoirs in
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana as bull trout
"They eliminated 82 percent
of what they originally proposed for critical
habitat," said Arlene Montgomery of Friends of the
Wild Swan, based in Swan Lake, Mont.
Some examples of those are
the Northwest Forest Plan and the Washington Forest
Practices Rule; numerous conservation agreements
with American Indian tribes; and conservation plans
that address bull trout on military installations
such as Fort Lewis and the Whidbey Island Naval Air
Station in Washington and the Bayview Acoustic
Research Center in Idaho.
Critical habitat is a term
defined in the ESA of 1973. It marks geographic
areas that have features essential for the
conservation of a threatened or endangered species,
according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. A
critical habitat label lasts until the species is
considered to be recovered, and is taken off either
the threatened or endangered species lists.
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