New Hampshire’s four-member congressional delegation has written a letter to the brass at the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It asks the feds to meet with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Really? Was any postage involved here?
Are relations between our federal and state conservation and wildlife folks so dire that we need our Fearsome Foursome to get the two sides together? Pardon our skepticism, but we sense publicity stunt.
There is surely good reason to have the feds talking with Fish and Game, not just for regular communications but in the particular case of cost-sharing.
The Fearsome Foursome may have read, as we did, a recent Union Leader report on Fish and Game funding issues and possible remedies. Fish and Game does a lot of the law enforcement and much of the rescue work that takes place in the White Mountains, much of which is federal land.
Indeed, Fish and Game says nearly half of all search-and-rescue operations in the state are on federally-owned lands. That’s putting a big dent in its financing.
Our Foursome writes that the feds should get together with Fish and Game to discuss ways in which federal and state partners “can work together to improve the efficacy and efficiency of federal land management, including opportunities for additional support for law enforcement activities in the White Mountain National Forest.”
If Fish and Game really needs help in arranging a meeting, was Gov. Chris Sununu consulted? He seems to have a better relationship with the federal government than our Foursome does. (We hear that he has all but given up trying to get the delegation’s help with Washington.)
What would really make sense regarding Fish and Game and other matters is for the Fearsome Foursome to pledge its support for a fair share of funding for all that the state does in the White Mountains. Better that than trying to stage manage meetings.