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The Clinton administration's plan to resolve the Northwest's forest crisis has brought the full weight of White House brass--including the president, vice president, and seven cabinet chiefs--into a debate over how to turn the words "ecosystem" and "watershed" into national policy.
That is a big chore, involving matters much broader than the fate of spotted owls. One prominent new focus is salmon, and the jobs in salmon fishing that could be lost.
"We've got a catastrophe facing us, in terms of the salmon," said Bill Shade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's assistant regional director for fisheries and federal aid in Portland. "If we don't do something on …