Staff reporters from the Spokesman-Review discuss the House budget proposal and the elimination of important Critical Habitat and Natural Areas projects.
“State lawmakers have recommended $80 million for the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Programs, but the recently released House capital construction budget cuts what program directors say are important acquisition projects for critical habitat and natural areas.
About half of the eliminated projects involve West Side areas and half on the East Side, especially in Klickitat, Chelan and Yakima county areas. The 15 projects are geared to protection of wildlife habitat and recreational access for boaters hunters, anglers, wildlife viewers, and hikers.”
Read the whole article in the Spokesman-Review.