Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish cancels
Jan. 14 meeting on wildlife program revenues/fees and service delivery
DOVER (Jan. 12, 2015) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish has cancelled a special public meeting preliminarily scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Dover to address next steps for wildlife program revenues/fees and service delivery, the Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The council did not reach consensus on a proposed hunting and trapping fee increase presented by the Division of Fish & Wildlife at the public council meeting held Dec. 9, 2014.
The Division of Fish & Wildlife continues to evaluate alternate, additional sources of revenue, additional potential cost savings, and alternate approaches to provide services and manage wildlife resources and public wildlife areas within its budget and will be reporting to the Council later this year after a thorough review of available options.
Hunting license fee revenues and state general fund budget appropriations, two major sources of wildlife program operating revenue which are used as match to obtain federal funds, have decreased in the past decade while program operating costs have increased, resulting in the need to reduce various wildlife program operations and services. Each dollar of state hunting license revenue and other state funding brings in an additional $3 of federal funds to the state to support a variety of wildlife management and hunter access services.
For more information, please contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.
Vol. 45, No. 8