By Bob Marshall
$615 Million Cut from Conservation
Sportsmen got a sneak preview of how much Congress values their issues earlier this week, and it wasn't pretty: House and Senate appropriators agreed to cut $615 million from key fish and wildlife conservation programs that support public hunting and fishing--not to mention the overall quality of human health.
The cuts were contained in the 2012 “minibus” spending bill, so-called because it will only keep the government running another four weeks, rather than a regular "omnibus" spending bill which would have provided funding through the end of the fiscal year.
Among the drastic cuts announced:
• Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program cut by $35 million.
• Wetlands Reserve Program cut by approximately $200 million.