<div dir="ltr"><div><div>There's some explanation here:<br><br><a href="http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/AboutUs/WSFRProgramBrochure2011.pdf">http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/AboutUs/WSFRProgramBrochure2011.pdf</a><br><br></div>Kevin Lucas<br></div>Selah<br></div><div class="gmail_extra"><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM, Larry Schwitters <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:leschwitters@me.com" target="_blank">leschwitters@me.com</a>></span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex"><div style="word-wrap:break-word"><div>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, "<span style="background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><font face="Arial"><span style="line-height:22.1px">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.</span><span style="line-height:22.100000381469727px">”</span><span style="line-height:22.1px"> (</span></font></span><a href="http://www.fws.gov/southeast/federalaid/pittmanrobertson.html" target="_blank">http://www.fws.gov/southeast/federalaid/pittmanrobertson.html</a>) Do you know if that is just half of handgun taxes or all P-R funds?</div><div><br></div><div>Larry Schwitters</div><div>Issaquah</div><div><br></div><div>On Oct 4, 2015, at 8:01 PM, Hal Michael <<a href="mailto:ucd880@comcast.net" target="_blank">ucd880@comcast.net</a>> wrote:<div><blockquote type="cite"><br><div><div style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;font-family:Arial;font-size:14pt"><div>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.  </div><div>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.</div><div><br></div><div><span name="x"></span>Hal Michael<br><span>Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation</span><br>Olympia WA<br><span>369-459-4005</span><br><span><a href="tel:360-791-7702" value="+13607917702" target="_blank">360-791-7702</a> (C)</span><br><span><a href="mailto:ucd880@comcast.net" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ucd880@comcast.net</a></span><span name="x"></span><br></div><br><hr><div style="font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;text-decoration:none;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Tweeters,</span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.)</span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">After hearing about the Selah meeting (Sept. 10<sup>th</sup>), 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.)</span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.</span></div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif"> </span></p><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">May all your birds be identified,</div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"> </p><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Denis DeSilvis</div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Roy, WA</div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com</div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">----</div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Sept 4 (Message date)</span></b></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">WDFW invites public to help identify conservation and recreation priorities<span> </span></span></b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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<span> </span><a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildfuture/" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildfuture/</a> and by email to<span> </span><a href="mailto:WildFuture@dfw.wa.gov" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WildFuture@dfw.wa.gov</a><span> </span>. People may also participate in the conversation through the WDFW Facebook page:<span> </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife</a><span> </span>.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">"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."<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">The meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom:0in" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Sept. 10 - Selah Civic Center, 216 1st St., Selah.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Sept. 30 - Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Oct. 6 - WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek.</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif"></span></b><b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></b></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Oct. 8 - Saint Martin's University, Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.<span> </span></span></b><b><span style="font-size:16pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></b></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Oct. 14 - Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">Oct. 20 - Port of Chelan County Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></li></ul><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">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.<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><div style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial,sans-serif">"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."<span> </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman',serif"></span></div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"> </p></div><br>_______________________________________________<br>Tweeters mailing list<br><a href="mailto:Tweeters@u.washington.edu" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tweeters@u.washington.edu</a><br><a href="http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters</a><br></div><div><br></div></div><span style="font-family:Helvetica;font-size:24px;font-s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