Inslee picks salmon recovery coordinator

The Chronicle (Centralia)July 20, 2013 

A Littlerock man has been selected to lead Gov. Jay Inslee’s Salmon Recovery Office, which coordinates regional efforts to return salmon from the brink of extinction.

Brian Abbott, the governor’s appointee, joined the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office in 2000 and now leads the salmon recovery grant section.

Before that, he was the district manager for the Pierce Conservation District, where he created and coordinated the district’s salmon recovery programs. He also served as vice president and president of the nonprofit South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.

“We are very excited to have Brian lead the salmon recovery office,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the RCO, which oversees the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

“I look forward to working with the hundreds of people dedicated to salmon recovery,” Abbott said in a news release. “We have lots of challenges ahead of us, but I’m confident that Washington has solid recovery plans in place, and the staff needed to implement those plans.”

The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office provides funding for and coordinates, the efforts of 25 community-based watershed groups and seven regional organizations across the state that are charged with implementing federally-approved recovery plans for salmon and bull trout.

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