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U.S. Fish and Wildlife has completed a draft bull trout recovery plan. Go << HERE
>> and click on a link to the river system you are
interested in to learn more about the recovery plan in that
drainage. They estimate it will
take at least 25 years to recover the bull trout.
In 2004 USFWS finalized the "critical habitat
designations" for the Klamath and Columbia River systems. But
environmentalists took USFWS to court and forced the agency to
reconsider. In 2005, USFWS once again
"finalized" the Critical
USFWS does not like to do the
designations. They consider them to be a waste of time and
money and an invitation to litigation. They estimate that the
economic cost for bull trout recovery will cost 116 million
dollars just in Montana and Idaho. We were very glad to see these massive cuts in the
DCH. But, alas, the radical environmentalists were not
satisfied and they have prevailed against common sense.
Designation of "critical habitat" can reduce
economic and recreation opportunities in the Pacific Northwest
want to emphasize that Montana already has implemented a bull trout
recovery plan for the state, which in turn has already shown some
positive results in the Swan River and Lake Kookanusa drainages.
There is therefore no need for "critical habitat"
designation on all Western Montana rivers and lakes.
though USFWS designated Critical Habitat for bull trout in 2005 they
have still not completed the recovery plan. According to the USFWS
website, the draft recovery plan is on hold pending completion
of the scheduled 5 year review of the listing. So we have the
ludicrous situation of regulating habitat without a completed plan.