[Tweeters] WDFW Public Meetings to help ID Conservation/Recreation Priorities

Kevin Lucas vikingcove at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 12:56:10 PDT 2015

There's some explanation here:


Kevin Lucas

On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters at me.com>

> Hal, what is the DJ part of your DJ/PR? PR no doubt represents The

> Pittman-Robertson, Federal aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which put a 10%

> tax on sporting guns and ammo. But, "Congress in the early 1970's

> expanded the P-R revenue base to include handguns and archery equipment,

> and authorized States to spend up to half those revenues on hunter

> education and target ranges.” (

> http://www.fws.gov/southeast/federalaid/pittmanrobertson.html) Do you

> know if that is just half of handgun taxes or all P-R funds?


> Larry Schwitters

> Issaquah


> On Oct 4, 2015, at 8:01 PM, Hal Michael <ucd880 at comcast.net> wrote:



> While continuing to beat an old dead horse, it is the hook and bullet

> crowd that essentially funds WDFW through license fees and DJ/PR taxes on

> gear. The legislature, acting in our best interest, has seen fit to

> significantly reduce the General Fund taxpayer contribution to WDFW. If the

> conservation community wants a seat at the table we are going to have to

> buy it.

> The conservation voice needs to be heard at these meetings but know that

> actions reduce license sales will reduce what WDFW can do, given the

> current tack of government.


> Hal Michael

> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

> Olympia WA

> 369-459-4005

> 360-791-7702 (C)

> ucd880 at comcast.net


> ------------------------------

> Tweeters,

> On Tuesday, Oct 6 and on Thursday, Oct 8, the (relatively new) WDFW

> Director, Jim Unsworth, and some of his staff are conducting meetings in

> the Puget Sound area to help identify conservation and recreation

> priorities. (Other meetings have been held and will be held in other areas

> of the state. See the copy of the message, below for further information

> and meeting times/places.)

> After hearing about the Selah meeting (Sept. 10th), I’m concerned that

> the voice of anyone other than those in the hook and bullet stakeholder

> arena will be heard or responded to. For example, from what I saw, the

> presentation in Selah focused almost exclusively on the hunting and fishing

> aspects of the WDFW – this included the photos used in the presentation. As

> you are well aware, the WDFW also is responsible for all other wildlife,

> including sensitive, threatened, and endangered species (currently 46

> state-listed species). (Note: I’m definitely NOT against fishing or

> hunting, but I’m concerned that other aspects of conservation are not given

> due diligence.)

> Many of you are in the “watchable wildlife,” conservation, and other

> stakeholder arenas. Please, if you have the opportunity, attend one of the

> two meetings being held in our part of the state. If you can’t attend,

> please voice your ideas and comments per one of the two online mechanisms

> shown in the message below.



> May all your birds be identified,



> Denis DeSilvis

> Roy, WA

> avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

> ----

> *Sept 4 (Message date)*

> *WDFW invites public to help identify conservation and recreation

> priorities *

> OLYMPIA - State fish and wildlife leaders are asking people to share their

> views on the values and priorities that should drive the Washington

> Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) over the next several years.

> The opportunity is part of WDFW's new multi-year initiative, "Washington's

> Wild Future: A Partnership for Fish and Wildlife," which is an effort to

> strengthen the department's relationships with communities, increase

> support for conservation and outdoor recreation, and help ensure WDFW

> programs and services meet the public's needs.

> People can talk with WDFW managers at six regional forums in September and

> October. Comments will also be accepted through Oct. 31 on WDFW's website at

> http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildfuture/ and by email to WildFuture at dfw.wa.gov .

> People may also participate in the conversation through the WDFW Facebook

> page: https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife .

> Public comments and proposals will help determine priorities for

> conserving and managing Washington's fish and wildlife in the coming years,

> said WDFW Director Jim Unsworth, who was hired to lead the agency in

> January.

> "Since I joined WDFW, I have been asking people, 'If you could tell the

> director of Fish and Wildlife one thing, what would you say?'" Unsworth

> said. "This is a great opportunity for people across the state to do just

> that. I want to hear about what we are doing right, where we need to

> improve, and where we should focus our efforts and our funding over the

> next five to 10 to 20 years."

> Unsworth, senior WDFW managers, and regional staff are scheduled to attend

> the meetings, where people can discuss fishing and hunting and other

> outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as habitat protection and

> restoration, licensing, enforcement, and other fish and wildlife management

> issues.

> The meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and

> locations:


> - Sept. 10 - Selah Civic Center, 216 1st St., Selah.

> - Sept. 30 - Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.

> - *Oct. 6 - WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek.*

> - *Oct. 8 - Saint Martin's University, Norman Worthington Conference

> Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. *

> - Oct. 14 - Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way,

> Vancouver.

> - Oct. 20 - Port of Chelan County Confluence Technology Center, 285

> Technology Center Way, Wenatchee.


> Each meeting will include a brief presentation from a WDFW regional

> director about the importance of fish and wildlife management to

> Washington's quality of life and the economies of local communities

> throughout the state. Participants will then be invited to talk in small

> groups with representatives of the department's Fish, Wildlife,

> Enforcement, Licensing, and Habitat programs, as well as Unsworth and his

> staff.

> Later this year, WDFW will summarize the comments and suggestions from the

> public, as well as input from outdoor organizations, advisory groups,

> tribes, and state and local elected officials. The information will be used

> to help identify potential changes in WDFW's operations and services, and

> to develop future policy, budget and fee proposals.

> "We face major management challenges over the next several years, and for

> us to be successful we need the public's support and assistance," Unsworth

> said. "That can only happen if the department has strong relationships with

> anglers, hunters, outdoor recreation groups, and others interested in fish

> and wildlife in Washington."






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