House GOP defunds FWP habitat programs
admin
moderator
founder
Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9981) 6 years ago
In a move that has riled sporting groups, Republicans have removed the authority for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to spend $12.4 million on habitat projects in a bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

The sponsor of House Bill 403, Rep. Dave Hagstrom, R-Billings, said the reasoning behind the decision was that the GOP doesn’t want the state agency buying more land and that there weren’t enough details in how the money might be spent.

“It might get put back in the Senate,” Hagstrom said. “The good thing about the $12 million is it isn’t lost.”

That kind of thinking hasn’t set well with sportsmen.

“It is a huge game and very difficult to figure out what’s going on,” said Joe Perry, a Conrad farmer who has volunteered for several FWP committees.

...

Read More: http://billingsgazette.co...ef459.html
Top
+2
supporter
Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14825) 6 years ago
This is absolute bullpoop! (damn it Larry, there are times when the real word needs to be used. Procreate the languge filter ). 

Do these dumb bastards NOT understand that investment in habitat projects is a huge part of the economy. It's things like this that keep endangered species, like the sage grouse, from being listed? FWP is engaged in managing ecosystems. Habitat projects are a critical part of that management strategy. 

I am sick and tired of the (to borrow a concept from Bridgier) the binary thinking where all of the procreateing dip-switches are set to 0. 

I saw the following story and it is very applicable here:



[Edited by Richard Bonine, Jr. (3/31/2015 9:59:42 PM)]
Top
+4
-1
Posted by Bill Mac (+69) 6 years ago
HB 234 - shooting range program – Rep. Ballance is carrying this bill on behalf of the Montana Shooting Sports Association and it has passed out of House Appropriations committee on a party line vote and should be on the House floor shortly. The bill as currently amended requires FWP to dedicate $350,000/year to shooting ranges. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated this bill will create a diversion of FWP funds and render the agency ineligible for Pittman/Robertson and Dingell/Johnson funds. FWP is currently eligible for $27 million of these funds annually that support about 1/3 of all fish and wildlife management programs in the state. The sponsor and supporter indicated that this legislation will make the shooting range program the agency’s highest priority program (above any and all others – the Block Management Program was specifically mentioned) and if all directed money is not spent on spent on shooting ranges, the overseeing officials are subject to fines and/or jail time.

AGAIN: ]The US Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated this bill will create a diversion of FWP funds and render the agency ineligible for Pittman/Robertson and Dingell/Johnson funds. FWP is currently eligible for $27 million of these funds annually that support about 1/3 of all fish and wildlife management programs in the state.

That's a huge loss of Federal Funding that is the backbone of many programs people who enjoy Montana's outdoors depend on... What happens if those funds are lost. Montana loses.
Top