I would suggest that if an adequate fee increase does not materialize in this session, that a bill for some voluntary opportunity to purchase an endorsement or stamp for these projects be attempted; I buy all sorts of stuff I don't need for one thing or another I care about when I purchase my licenses. Get what you can and keep on plugging.
On Apr 14, 2012, at 7:07 PM, Vacek, Curt (DNR) wrote:
> I invite folks to get out there and enjoy this opportunity, but I also hope folks will respect our efforts to improve stop-over habitat for these critters and view them with minimal disturbance.
> For what it's worth, I wanted to throw out a kudos to DNR's primary partner with this project: Ducks Unlimited. They made a key land acquisition, which without it we wouldn't be able to manage water levels on this basin. They also went above and beyond with their efforts to design and construct a water control structure that could accomplish exactly what was needed to improve water quality and habitat within this drainage. The project was primarily funded by a NAWCA Grant (North American Waterfowl Conservation Act); these federally appropriated funds have been dwindling, so please continue to let your congress men and woman hear your support for NAWCA appropriations that can make projects like this possible. With that, I must also throw in a plug for DNR's attempts to secure a License Fee Increase during this session. Even if we can obtain federal funds to construct the projects, we still need a sufficient Game and Fish Fund to keep these sites operating into the future.
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