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OUTDOORS: Support funding for wild lands policy

Letter by Joe LaTourrette, Olympia on March 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm with 3 Comments »
March 18, 2011 1:40 pm

I urge our U.S. senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, to oppose efforts to eliminate funding in the current federal budget for many of our most important wildlife conservation programs.

One of the programs being considered for complete defunding is the Department of the Interior’s Secretarial Order 3310, just signed in December 2010, which would restore the Bureau of Land Management’s authority to manage selected backcountry areas on BLM land for fish, wildlife and other natural resources.

Areas managed under BLM’s Wild Lands policy would offer refuge to native trout and salmon, and provide secure habitat for other wildlife, including big game such as mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk.

Proper stewardship of these areas is also important to the future of hunting and fishing and other wildlife recreation on our public lands. A continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives in February would eliminate or reduce funding for many important conservation programs. Washington’s senators must take the lead in restoring this funding in the U.S. Senate’s budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and beyond.

(LaTourrette is the Oregon-Washington field representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.)

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  1. fbergford says:

    Drill baby drill!

  2. Special interest….

    How many have sent in letters pleading for their own particular program, be it education (in various forms, teacher pay, college tuition, Head Start), public transit, parks – and I suppose eventually the spotted-owl or special squirrels.

    Folks, nothing is sacred when your pocketbook can’t cover everything anymore.

    I am sure any of these folks pleading for their own special program might even be willing to volunteer to pay higher taxes out of their own money. But when every one of them keeps stating that the public coffers must maintain current funding, then they are demanding that all of us must agree to higher taxes to support everyone of their programs.

    In a robust economy, higher taxes might not be needed – current tax rates might suffice. But to call for higher taxes from many of us suffering under this recession (propaganda spin wants us to start believing we are already starting to recover) is like throwing us an anchor instead of a life preserver.

  3. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum
    They charge the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em
    Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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