Senate moves to protect hunting, fishing and trapping
LANSING - The Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Randy Richardville to help protect hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan.
"The livelihoods of hunting and fishing face risk today unless we can encourage more Michigan residents to appreciate and support these outdoor activities," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "This legislation will help promote the importance of these recreational activities and will provide protection by the Department of Natural Resources and state Legislature."
Senate Bill 441, part of a four-bill package, clearly establishes that it is the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Commission and the Legislature to protect and promote the rights of hunting, fishing and trapping for Michigan residents and tourists. This mission will be inserted throughout key portions of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.
Michigan ranks third in the nation for licensed hunters who provide $1.3 billion annually to the state's economy and eighth in the nation for the number of licensed anglers who contribute $2 billion annually.
"Those who hunt and fish in Michigan provide a substantial contribution to our state's tourism industry," Richardville said. "It is critical that these activities be protected for residents' enjoyment purposes as well as for the state's economic well-being."
The measures have been sent to the House for consideration.
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2007
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