On Friday, Dick Cheney was in Reno, Nevada, standing in for President Bush at the White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy—a meeting mandated by a recent executive order designed to bolster hunting and fishing. But The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Ed Zieralski wonders if the conference, or the executive order, will really help any of us. He writes:

_Pardon me for not having reported excitedly in August about an executive order regarding hunting and fishing from President George W. Bush. . . .

[The] order looked to be just another example of a beleaguered, departing administration looking for some at-the-buzzer legacy. . . .

The big announcement [at the Reno conference] was that the government is going to sponsor a new incentive payment program through the old Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to landowners who allow public hunting access on their property. It’s expected to open an additional 7 million acres of quality wildlife habitat for hunting. We’ll see.

In a perfect world, government agencies work with non-government organizations . . . . Unfortunately, that utopia seldom is reached, if ever, and it’s going to take more than an executive order from a lame-duck president, a very unpopular one at that, to make a difference._

What do you think? Is all this, as Zieralski says, “too little, too late”?