Letter and comment on the Bull Trout proposed listing
by Julie Kay Smithson
This full email shall serve as my official public comment on both
'proposed critical habitat designation' and the 'draft recovery plan'
bull trout in Idaho.
Let me begin with a memorable quote from a federal employee, a Ms.
"When we make critical habitat designations, we just designate
critical, without an analysis of how much habitat an evolutionary
unit needs." - Donna Darm, the acting NMFS (National Marine Fisheries
Service) Regional Administrator for the Northwest, in a 1998 intra-agency
Keeping that in mind, your proposals regarding the bull trout, the
species' of the Jarbidge Road in NE Nevada in year 2002 -- merit nothing
not suspicion. Whether or not the bull trout is actually 'endangered'
needs more 'critical habitat' -- or would ever benefit from a government
'recovery plan,' when it is likely to not even BE endangered -- is
about which many Department of Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife
employees know the truth.
This proposal is not about the people that live and coexist just
the bull trout and other flora and fauna, whether on any government
not. By catering to a fish that is not even in any danger of extinction
therein creating a very real threat to the extirpation of all humans
location that the bull trout might ever be thought to perhaps inhabit
might someday inhabit -- a very real crime is being committed upon
who are the true stewards of this fish.
The general public, however, and those fine American resource providers
yea, Generational Land/Water Stewards! -- remain nonplused by all
political posturing. The fish itself couldn't care less. It is undoubtedly
more numerous in some parts of its 'historic range' than it is in
that is the natural way with ALL species.
The stalking horses of 'possible habitat,' 'evolutionarily significant
units,' and so on, ad nauseum -- that seek only to control every drop
water, every inch of earth and every bit of natural resources, including
human ones -- are nothing short of criminal. Were the working class
-- and I
emphasize the word 'class' when I talk about farmers, fishermen, loggers,
miners, ranchers, etc. -- to attempt to wreak this havoc upon those
to 'end all public lands grazing' by domestic livestock, seeking to
satisfy their incurable addiction to greed -- the outcome would be
Those self-proclaimed 'environmentalists' may lay no right or claim
title. They are Gang Green, akin to schoolyard bullies on steroids
trip') that thrive on making real and honest people jump through endless
'hoops' in order to just survive, never mind live, in the honest and
way that both they and the domestic and wild environment have thrived
The Book of Genesis charges Man with 'dominion' over flora and fauna.
Creator did not specify that we were to exercise 'speciesism' (favoring
species over another) in our dominion, and He understood that life
thrives, not in spite of us, but rather, because of us! The real stewards
the land and water are those whose blood, sweat and tears equity makes
the owners of both. To extract more private land from those upon whose
said land was brought to a state of fruition and plenty -- by the
of the 'Endangered Species Act,' a stack of paper and ink -- is to
crime far worse than any that a foreign power could dream up.
This is called domestic terrorism, the havoc and destruction that
when species that are in a natural state of ebb and flow are artificially
coddled, to the detriment and cultural genocide of our American Resource
Do not continue on this course, Department of Interior and U.S. Fish
Wildlife Service. Grow a spine and learn how to use it! This is still
-- land that I love! -- and it is still a kindhearted land, one whose
may forgive you for the damage that such proposals as these are designed
implement. Withdraw both these proposals. Send them to File 13. Shred
entire and diseased body of laws that honor the abomination known
Wildlands Project. Wean thyselves from the addiction of greed.
The bull trout does not need most of Idaho as its personal playground,
all working class people. Nor does this fish require a 'recovery plan.'
real need is to be left alone, in peace -- and that is the need of
caretakers, those private and honest people who are not government
paper-pushers and policy-makers and pipe dreamers.
Remember, as I said at the beginning of this official public comment,
expect this entire email to remain intact, to be published with all
comments in the ongoing paperwork that will use ever more softwood
soybean-based ink. Unless, of course, you choose to really 'do the
thing,' and abandon this insane course that you have journeyed on
Miss Julie Kay Smithson
213 Thorn Locust Lane
London, Ohio 43140
My quote for you to mull over:
"Either you have a right to own property, or you are property."
- Wayne Hage,
Comment sought on bull trout proposals
(Note: Butch Otter has been a pro-people person during his time in
He is asking for our help in adding our voices to this issue, one
that is not
only important to his state and to his constituents, but is also vital
our issues of land/water use. He also votes on issues that pertain
state and my state, your issues and my issues.)
February 19, 2003
By U.S. Representative Butch Otter (R-Idaho)
Contact: Mark Warbis, 208-336-9831
BOISE, Idaho - It happens time and again. A federal agency or environmental
group notices a fish, flower or field mouse hasn't been around quite
They decide the only solution is government intervention.
The public is asked what it thinks.
A few folks air concerns, but only the bureaucrats' views make much
Finally, land-use restrictions are imposed that wreak havoc on the
livelihoods of hardworking citizens -- innocent bystanders in the
the Endangered Species Act.
The people of Oregon's Klamath Basin know the story.
So do thousands of loggers and mill workers whose jobs once were
of Idaho's rural economy.
Ask them about the Endangered Species Act and you might get an icy
Then they'll tell you what they think.
The law that put northern spotted owls and black-footed ferrets on
has a way of getting people talking. Unfortunately, the listening
end of the
equation has been a little light.
Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments
on a draft
recovery plan in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana for bull trout,
was designated a threatened species in 1998. Comments also are being
on a proposed "critical habitat" designation for areas considered
for saving bull trout, including the Panhandle and much of central
designation requires consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service
any land management action is implemented, funded or even authorized
As you might expect, "consultation" can be cumbersome,
expensive. It can delay or block important projects designed to make
public lands healthier and more sustainable. What's more, some of
9,000 miles of streams and more than 205,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs
within Idaho's proposed critical habitat area contain no bull trout,
contained bull trout and -- in some cases -- are prevented by natural
barriers from ever being home to bull trout.
So, the proposed designation's scope is far too large. Use of land
no business being included will be subject to the closest government
scrutiny, and the public is being asked to weigh in without a thorough
economic analysis of the cost.
Something similar happened in the Klamath Basin. The U.S. Bureau
Reclamation refused to deliver water to drought-stricken farmers there
2001 because minimum pools had to be maintained for endangered sucker
Families who had protected and improved the land for generations were
Now shift that outcome onto the Boise and Payette river drainages.
With drought a constant threat here, should the future of so many
neighbors be put at risk by broad-brush efforts to save a fish that
is being helped by measures protecting other salmonids?
While the system is imperfect, only by weighing in can anyone hope
to make a
difference. Nobody wants Idaho to lose its bull trout. But many of
want Idaho to lose its jobs or families either. Please help me make
for common sense -- for including people in the equation.
Written comments on the proposed critical habitat designation can
to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: John Young, Bull Trout Coordinator,
911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Ore., 97232. They also can be faxed
Young at 503-231-2218, or sent via email to R1BullTroutCH@r1.fws.gov
The deadline is May 12, 2003.
Written comments on the draft recovery plan can be mailed to: U.S.
Wildlife Service, Snake River Basin Office, Attn: Robert Ruesink,
Vinnell Way, Room 368, Boise, Idaho, 83709. They also can be faxed
Ruesink at 208-378-5262, or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
deadline is March 29.