White House seeks to sharply expand the bull trout's protections in Oregon and West


In a sharp course change from current federal policy, the Obama administration said Wednesday it wants far more of Oregon and four other western states set aside to protect a native, wide-ranging fish called the bull trout.

It would mean a more than fivefold increase in the miles of rivers and acres of lakes dedicated as critical habitat for the threatened species, and could mean more restrictions on recreation and development on federal lands, which cover roughly half of Oregon.

…If the proposal goes through, federal agencies that manage forests for recreation and logging; grasslands for grazing, or hydropower dams for electricity would have to take a closer look at whether their actions degrade waterways in huge portions of the West where the trout resides.