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February 8, 2007

Red ink: $7M deficit in Conservation Fund

Staff report Albany — DEC’s Conservation Fund, the major budget source of the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, is facing a $7 million “structural deficit” that has officials scrambling for ways to generate additional revenues. Director of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Gerald Barnhart said they’re currently looking at ways to address the …

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Olson bill targets plants along state’s lakeshores

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul — DNR officials have “serious concerns” about a bill introduced in the Senate they say would strip the agency of much its ability to protect aquatic vegetation along lakeshore. The bill, authored by Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, mandates the agency must grant all permit requests to control submerged

Stewardship Fund battle looms large

By Dean Bortz Editor Madison — Two conservation groups are clawing to gain recognition by the governor’s office in hopes of opening more land to hunting and trapping, and to then better manage that public land. This verbal battle has been playing out during the past month within the halls of the state Capitol as

Lawmakers again push lower youth hunting age

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — A series of bills geared toward lowering New York’s minimum big game hunting age of 16 has resurfaced in the state Assembly and Senate this year. Whether the proposals die a natural death in the legislative process as they have in the past remains to be seen. But there’s

Conservation easements seeing more support

By Tim Spielman Associate Editor St. Paul — Two key U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would extend a program that provides landowners’ tax benefits while conserving land. The voluntary land conservation initiative became more favorable to landowners last summer when the incentives increased greatly. Now, Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, say

‘Chat up’ legislators Feb. 21 on Conservation Lobby Day

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison — Hunters, anglers, and anyone with interest in the outdoors will have their special “lobby” day at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The free event is sponsored by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. It is meant to encourage people who care about the outdoors, natural resources, and

Feds move to delist Midwestern wolves

By Kevin Naze Correspondent Minneapolis — Calling them an “icon of wilderness,” Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett said gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains. Scarlett, via a telephone news conference Jan. 29, announced the removal of Great Lakes’ wolves from the federal list of threatened and

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