‘Extinction is not an option’: Head of Salmon Recovery Office optimistic about recovery efforts
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- "We need to invest in keeping that environment, and it doesn't come free," says Erik Neatherlin in his blank-walled office. When we talked to him in April, he could count his time running the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office in hours. Now, he's got a new gig: implementing federally approved recovery plans for endangered and threatened steelhead, salmon and bull trout through coordinating the efforts of 25 community-based watershed groups in the state, along with seven regional organizations.