Monday, February 7, 2011

Protect the Fish and Wildlife Commission

With a billion dollar budget shortfall looming, state lawmakers in Olympia are looking everywhere for savings. Among the proposals is one to merge WDFW with other state recreation and resource agencies. Unfortunately that merger also would take authority from the Fish and Wildlife Commission making their role advisory only in nature. Presently the commission has the power to hire and fire the director and provide critical oversight of the department and its policies. Without them the director of WDFW would be appointed by the governor, further politicizing fish management in Washington. While the current system is far from perfect the Fish and Wildlife are an essential voice for the citizens of Washington. Visit the Puget Sound Angler's where you can customize and send a letter to state lawmakers telling them that you oppose SB 5669 & HB 1850.

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