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Saturday, April 20th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

User-pay funding no longer a sustainable revenue source for conservation

Conducting wildlife health surveillance is just one of the many traditional responsibilities that DNR personnel handle. Meanwhile, their duties are expanding with the introduction of new invasive species, dealing with the effects of climate change, and demands from expanding user groups. At the same time, DNR funding is dwindling thanks to fewer federal dollars and declining user fees (license sales), which pays for a lion’s share of the DNR budget. (Michigan DNR photos)

In private business, milking the revenue streams of successful products to support new ones that generate no income is a recipe for disaster, even when the “giveaways” are popular.
Unless the new products begin generating revenue, decapitalization of successful products inevitably erodes their quality. Inevitably, customer complaints and defections increase and sales drop. Consider Tesla, Twitter, and “X.” Luckily for conservation and the public, government isn’t a private business. Historically, game and non-game species have flourished more or less on the consumptive community’s dime. But that doesn’t mean that the model is endlessly sustainable.

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