Washington Law Review


Salmon play a significant role in the culture, economy, and ecology of Washington State. Their threatened extinctions have led to a string of listings under the federal Endangered Species Act. This Article considers our response to these listings and the relationship of that response to federal oversight. Part I discusses how the ESA will affect the actions and activities of state and local governments and the citizens they serve. Part II discusses the need for latitude on the part of the federal agencies in assessing the value of state conservation and recovery efforts. This Article concludes that the plight of our salmon and their listings under the ESA will require creative solutions by governments, businesses, and individual citizens. The federal agencies responsible for administering the ESA must in turn be allowed the flexibility to recognize and appropriately credit all state efforts in recovery and conservation, even if those efforts are prospective and voluntary.

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