From the graveyard discussion moved here
on a different matter, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has issued a statement on the reduction of DNR science positions, of which they are opposed. Just saw that report today
I think some millions were budgeted for the upgrades and costs and 1 million for 2 years thereafter. They planned on going from around 40 thousand released to 500 thousand
The upgrade money was cut from the budget. It is unclear to me whether just the 1 million for 2 years or the 6-8 million for new hatcheries
The original 500k of the budget remains. Unclear if it's for larger or smaller fry. I think there are some private organizations which participate as well and tribal funds
The WWI came out of the NRB
Edited for more info
I said that the Walleye Initiative was slated to be gone in the new budget proposal. That is partly correct.
The $500k of funding to buy walleye fingerings for stocking from private farms will continue. What was taken out was a million that was in the original plan that was money for private hatcheries to upgrade their facilities. That money was given out sort of like grants in that these hatcheries had to apply for a portion of it.
I am not sure if the "walleye initiative" was in a budget or was it a separate piece of legislation. Does anyone know?
Only wish one could copy and paste all the posts to this thread but I think those of us who were participants know what has been talked about.
One could go back and read basically the last three days of posts from the graveyard thread. It's about all that was discussed there.
Hope this helps.
Edit to add: the current issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News has a front page article on relocating some elk from the butternut splinter group ( 9 of 22) to the extended range near flambeau state forest