A Rural Viewpoint On Wolf Reintroduction And Protection
USDA/Wildlife Services Regional Director Jeff Green advised Western State Directors today that, per instructions from Congress, FY 07 funding for old unmentioned Congressional Directives must be reallocated to help pay for new Congressional Directives unless congress "reinstates" the language for them. Congressional Directives must be renewed every three years or the money will be spent in other areas as directed by congress. In NM, WS has three such Directives that are potentially impacted by this for FY 07.
1) Mexican Wolf - $150K shared with AZ
2) NM Sandhill Crane - $60K
3) NM Predator Management - $100K
The bottom line is that NM Wildlife Services could loose approximately 25% of our federal allocation and may be forced to reduce or eliminate WS activities involving Mexican wolves, sandhill crane crop protection, and traditional predator damage management. We do not expect to receive our federal budget until at least February. Until then we will continue work at historic levels. If you support WS work in the three areas mentioned above, you should contact the NM congressional delegation and let them know you would like to see specific language and amounts supporting those respective activities in the FY 07 budget.
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