Date: 8/1/17 6:24 pm
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Ohio Div of Wildlife Survey
Hi,

Keep in mind who pays the bills for the Division of Wildlife. It is
Hunters and Fisherpeople. Unless they buy a Wildlife legacy stamp, check
off on their state tax return, or have a Wildlife license plate, birders
make zero financial contribution. Yet they use wildlife areas
extensively. If you want the division to pay more attention to the
binocular crowd, rather than the hook and bullet community, why not suggest
a means for birders to also make a financial contribution? An annual pass
to use state wildlife areas might be a way? Maybe if the division charged
a daily entry fee at Magee Marsh it would raise a tiny fraction of the
revenue that hunting and fishing licenses, plus duck stamps, generate to
preserve and maintain wildlife areas?

Ohio is fairly unique in that we have free access to all of these areas, as
well as state parks and metroparks. In many other states birders often
have to pay to enter birding areas owned by the state or local park system.

Preserving bird and birding habitat happens by making a financial
contribution to the entities that actually own and manage the land.

Keep that in mind when you fill out the survey

Haans



On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM, Lyn Boone <boonel...> wrote:

> I agree, Steve, that the choices in the survey are all "stacked" toward
> hunting/fishing. I took the survey, ranked the options, then used the
> comments box to say that wildlife viewing, appreciation, and conservation
> should have equal time.
> Lyn Boone
> Granville, Ohio
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> On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM, Steve Cagan <steve...> wrote:
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> > Wow—I took the survey, but the questions are certainly stacked in one
> > direction—and not the best one…
> >
> >
> > > On Aug 1, 2017, at 10:20 AM, August Froehlich <afroehlich...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I haven't seen any discussion on this list about the recent changes
> that
> > have occurred at our DOW. Over the past two months there has been an
> abrupt
> > change in the Director and top leadership, in a climate of high drama
> (see
> > links below for background.)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > As an outcome of this jarring change, the new Director has provided a
> > survey and comment form on the DOW website:
> > >
> > > "Our focus is going to be on providing access, additional
> opportunities,
> > and great customer service. We want to do that by hearing directly from
> the
> > people impacted. With your help, we can guide the division in a new
> > direction, and Ohio’s sportsmen and women will be better for it."
> > >
> > > http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/stay-informed/wildlife-access-
> > and-opportunities-survey
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Please take a moment to do this simple survey, ranking in order of
> > priority a list of items you think should be the focus of the DOW. There
> is
> > also a generous text box for your input. There is curiously no end date
> > given.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm going to leave the controversy out of this post, but suffice to
> say,
> > there's more uproar over this than just about any development in state
> > government that I can remember. But as birders we have a stake in the
> > outcome of the developments at the DOW, and it would be good for us as
> > Ohioans and as birders for us to provide our considered opinion.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > August Froehlich
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > (Following is a list of links that provide a mix of opinion and news
> > reporting to help provide context for this issue)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Resignation letter of Mike Budzik to Ohio Gov. John Kasich
> > >
> > > http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/807222
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170713/sparks-fly-at-
> > wildlife-council-meeting-over-leadership-purge
> > >
> > > http://thecourier.com/opinion/columns/2017/07/15/ohios-
> > choices-harmful-to-wildlife-management/​
> > >
> > > http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170730/outdoors--
> > after-turmoil-ohios-new-wildlife-chief-addresses-criticisms
> > >
> > > https://limaohio.com/sports/253401/let-voice-be-heard-on-
> changes-at-dow
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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