The story (remarkably well-written and evenhanded, by AP's standards) focuses largely on Siskiyou County, where Grant has been retained to try to stop the Klamath dam removal project. A sampling:
Almost nowhere has Grant's message resonated more deeply than in California's Siskiyou County, in 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta's shadow. "Coordination" became a catch phrase in the battle over whether four Klamath River dams should be dynamited to help endangered salmon.
Craig Tucker, a spokesman for the Karuk Indian Tribe that favors dam removal, first heard the word after Grant gave a seminar in nearby Redding in 2009 attended by dam-removal foes.
"Now, when those guys open their mouths, the first thing they start talking about is coordination," Tucker said. "It seems to me Fred Kelly Grant has sold people a bill of goods that amounts to snake oil."
Jim Cook, a Siskiyou commissioner who attended Grant's Redding seminar, said Tucker and federal managers dismiss coordination at their own peril.
Maybe it's not a silver bullet, "but you do make them explain why they do things," Cook said. "That makes the agencies squirm. It asks, 'Can you come in front of a judge and explain why you blew this policy off?' "
My takeaway: People like Cook and Siskiyou Supervisor Marcia Armstrong have a valid point when they warn that coordination isn't a silver bullet. But observing how federal officials respond when it's invoked can provide some insight into the disdain with which many of them view locals.