Put Klamath coho before timber profits
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A private timber company known as Fruit Growers Supply owns thousands of acres of mid-Klamath forests, including portions of Beaver Creek, Horse Creek, and the Scott River. The company is trying to get a "Habitat Conservation Plan" (HCP) approved for its logging plans, and has also applied for 50-yr "Incidental Take Permits (ITPs) to kill species otherwise protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Among the species at risk are threatened coho salmon, already struggling to hang on in these watersheds, as well as steelhead and Klamath and Trinity Chinook - both imperiled species the company would like to kill with impunity should they become legally endangered in the future.
Fruitgrowers' proposed HCP does not adequately protect fish habitat, and their killing of endangered fish through logging and road building should not be exempt from the Endangered Species Act. Please tell federal salmon managers they need to protect the Klamath River's threatened coho, not authorize another 'license to kill' in the Klamath Basin!