Potential WDFW Budget Cuts

JayB

Active Member
Figured it was only a matter of time until the economic carnage brought brought on by Covid-19 hit the budgets of various agencies.

"As it stands, WDFW’s proposed reductions amount to:

$5.7 million for fisheries and management, reduced crab outreach and lost gear recovery, along with less lake rehabs, and at least five game wardens

$5.2 million for salmon and steelhead production that would see closure of Reiter Ponds, Tokul Creek, Forks Creek, Nemah, Whitehorse and Mayr Bros hatcheries, and reductions in fish produced for orcas;

$2.7 million for lands management, wildlife area planning, Westside pheasant program, and at least three officers;

$2.7 million for conservation efforts;

$2.4 million for warmwater gamefish management, along with closure of the Meseberg hatchery;

$2.0 million for trout production that would see the closure of Arlington, Chelan, Naches and Mossyrock hatcheries, impacting a $61 million annual fishery;

And $1.3 million for programs that partner with volunteers to benefit fish and wildlife.

WDFW documents say that a $2.8 million shortfall from Pittman-Robertson excise taxes on guns and ammo would lead to reduced big game work and only half as much elk feeding, while $800,000 in Dingell-Johnson shortfalls would lead to netpen closures on Mayfield Lake and of the Omak Hatchery.

Hatchery grant shortfalls of $2.6 million would impact Toutle, Skamania and Elwha hatcheries, along with fisheries on the Columbia and its tribs."

As it stands, WDFW’s proposed reductions amount to:

$5.7 million for fisheries and management, reduced crab outreach and lost gear recovery, along with less lake rehabs, and at least five game wardens

$5.2 million for salmon and steelhead production that would see closure of Reiter Ponds, Tokul Creek, Forks Creek, Nemah, Whitehorse and Mayr Bros hatcheries, and reductions in fish produced for orcas;

$2.7 million for lands management, wildlife area planning, Westside pheasant program, and at least three officers;

$2.7 million for conservation efforts;

$2.4 million for warmwater gamefish management, along with closure of the Meseberg hatchery;

$2.0 million for trout production that would see the closure of Arlington, Chelan, Naches and Mossyrock hatcheries, impacting a $61 million annual fishery;

And $1.3 million for programs that partner with volunteers to benefit fish and wildlife.

WDFW documents say that a $2.8 million shortfall from Pittman-Robertson excise taxes on guns and ammo would lead to reduced big game work and only half as much elk feeding, while $800,000 in Dingell-Johnson shortfalls would lead to netpen closures on Mayfield Lake and of the Omak Hatchery.

Hatchery grant shortfalls of $2.6 million would impact Toutle, Skamania and Elwha hatcheries, along with fisheries on the Columbia and its tribs.

 

Dr. Magill

Active Member
This bites. I’ve already given up on the steelhead/salmon game around here. I’ve been working on my lake game but wondering what shoe will drop next. When are we gonna get some GOOD NEWS?? Any good news
 

JayB

Active Member
If this goes through and until hatchery operations resumed that means the non-tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead is pretty much over forever in the Snohomish system except the occasional year when there's a big pink run, no?

That leaves what - the green and the Puyallup systems open?
 

JayB

Active Member
Heard somewhere else that the capital budget for the hatcheries that don't get closed will also be cut so there's also the prospect of equipment failure leading to periodic smolt/fry losses as pumps fail, etc.
 

Salmo_g

WFF Supporter
It's kinda funny that none of the cuts ever come from staffing in Olympia or the regional offices..

It's the top to middle layers of management who have to recommend the cuts to be made. It's rather natural that they're not going to recommend cutting themselves. That's why the cuts always are staff earning half as much and working just as hard. Oh, and enforcement. Enforcement always gets cut. They must not be as well represented in top management.

Program cuts are usually made where it will provoke the loudest pushback to the Legislature. So the things that are most popular with the public are the first to be cut. These are the natural and logical rules of bureaucracy.
 

BriGuy

Active Member
It's kinda funny that none of the cuts ever come from staffing in Olympia or the regional offices..
There is an 8-9 Billion dollar state budget shortfall over the next three years. That is massive and cuts are already being made. And, yes, some to staffing. Furloughs are in place for most employees and a few lucky ones like me wont be seeing any raises for a long time. I am thankful I still have a job. Others are not so lucky.

These budget cuts usually start with employees. Next comes cuts to services. Brace yourself, because it is going to get real ugly. And if you think there won't be tax and fee increases, you should go play with the unicorns in fairyland.

So, be prepared to pay more, wait longer, or do without state services. It's unrealistic to think we'll get out of this hole without both cuts and revenue increases.

Read my lips, "Much new taxes and fees this time."
 

Phil Fravel

Friendly
It's the top to middle layers of management who have to recommend the cuts to be made. It's rather natural that they're not going to recommend cutting themselves. That's why the cuts always are staff earning half as much and working just as hard. Oh, and enforcement. Enforcement always gets cut. They must not be as well represented in top management.

Program cuts are usually made where it will provoke the loudest pushback to the Legislature. So the things that are most popular with the public are the first to be cut. These are the natural and logical rules of bureaucracy.
This makes total sence. Reminds me how school, police and Fire depots are always cut.

But last say for the sake of conversation we as sportsmen would perfer cuts to wolf restoration along with middle and upper management.

How do you go about getting cuts there
 

DimeBrite

5X Celebrity Jeopardy Champion
Anyone think the state will bring back the old Discovery Pass to help keep parks open like in the last recession?

Any cuts to the Orca budget?
 

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