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Lawyer to lead public meeting on coho listing decision

An attorney involved with a legal case concerning federally protected coho salmon will give a presentation about it during a public meeting Thursday.

Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Russell Brooks will address the ramifications of District Court Judge Michael Hogan's latest rulings in a case involving whether hatchery fish should be counted in population numbers that play a role in protection status.

In early January, Hogan ruled that the federal government violated the ESA when it failed to consider hatchery fish in its assessment of coho in Southern Oregon and Northern California rivers, but he didn't set aside the listings.

Instead, Hogan left them in place while the agency completes the review of 26 west coast salmon listings, including the salmon in the Klamath River.

The meeting, sponsored by the Greenhorn Grange and the Klamath Bucket Brigade, is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Grange Hall, which is at the corner of Joe Wright Road and Tingley Lane.

There will be a question and answer session after Brooks' presentation.

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