OPINION: Senate Putting Wildlife Protection At Risk

May 8, 2013

Read an op-ed by Bill Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in support of preserving the integrity of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Excerpt: “For 24 years, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program has been our state’s primary tool for protecting fish and wildlife habitat, the largest source of funding for neighborhood parks and the only state source of funding for protecting farms and ranches. The program’s success lies in its nationally recognized, competitive evaluation process. Projects are selected by a panel of independent experts based on merits alone.

This year, the Senate has chosen to ignore those rankings, threatening the integrity of the program and cutting essential projects across the state, including those on the Olympic Peninsula.”

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