President's Report

February 2010.…

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE 2010 SESION UPDATE

House Committee / PSHB 1885 - H COMM AMD TO PSHB 1885 (H-1993.1/09)
By: Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sponsors: Representatives  Van De Wege, Blake, Takko, Ormsby, and Liias

An Act Relating to the feeding of wildlife; amending RCW 77.15.160; adding a new section to chapter 77.15 RCW; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.
(history and details: http://dir.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/farbs.aspx?bill=1885&biennium=20

In short, the bill will make it illegal to feed wild animals of any kind. 

We at the MSHPS have an exemption as stated on line 27 of the bill: exemption for individuals feeding elk in the Mt. St. Helen’s Elk Herd Management Area, until 2019.

The bill passed the house by a vote of  55 Yeas:  and 41 Nays

It now goes to the Senate Agricultural & Natural Resources Committee, public hearing yet to be determined.

If passed we will only have till 2019 to continue supplemental feeding program. 

We will need to focus more of our attention in the coming seasons to developing more habitat and possibly purchase of private land with WDFW to increase habitat areas.

Please check the bill out and track its progress. If you can, we would love to have you come testify in Olympia when it goes to hearing. 

I would encourage a "No!" vote on the bill or an amendment to remove deer and elk from the listing, since they are not varmint class animals and have little to no relation to human injury or disease. 

As always, thanks for your continued interest and support.

Mark Smith, Co-founder and President of the Mt. St. Helens Preservation Society
PO Box 350, Toutle, WA. 98649
ecoparkman@mac.com