Members and friends. We have received some alarming news that we need to pass on to you. In the proposed budget that will be on President Obama’s desk Monday there will be suggested budget cuts. This is not a bad idea. However one of the suggested cuts is for 7 million dollars from the Department of the Interior and we are also told that the Dept of the Interior plans to help meet those cuts by reducing the fish hatcheries in the Southeast Region. This would in effect close down the Greers Ferry Hatchery and perhaps the Norfork and others. We are not against budget cuts, however the trout fishing industry in Arkansas returns a great deal more economically than the costs of operation. If we lose these hatcheries, trout fishing in Arkansas will be devasted and the impact to our economy will be huge. It does not make sense to cut out funding for programs that return far more than they cost. Whether or not you fish or not, this is not a good decision.
Please contact your Senators and representatives and let them know how you feel about this issue asap.
John Boozman – 202-224-4843 boozman.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm
Mark Pryor – 202-224-2353 pryor.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe