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Agency 477
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Recommendation Summary
Dollars in Thousands
FY 97 FTEs General Fund-State Other Funds Total Funds
1995-97 Expenditure Authority 66,888 133,477 200,365
Supplemental Changes
Employee Safety/Healthy Workplace 98 98
Rate Increases & Fixed Costs 160 220 380
Winter Feeding 367 367
Big Game Auction Funds 185 185
Subtotal - Supplemental Changes 527 503 1,030
Total Proposed Budget 67,415 133,980 201,395
Difference 527 503 1,030
Percent Change from Current Biennium .8% .4% .5%
Supplemental Changes
Employee Safety/Healthy Workplace
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been cited by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) for not providing staff the ability to communicate while working in isolated areas and for failing to provide adequate safety gear at hatcheries. Partial funding is provided from the Industrial Insurance Premium Refund Account to purchase safety and communications equipment. The agency will absorb the remaining costs for the equipment through existing dedicated funds appropriations. (Industrial Insurance Premium Refund Account)
Rate Increases & Fixed Costs
Fish food and game bird food costs have increase over 30 percent based upon the latest contract. Funding is provided to cover this additional cost. An increase in premium payments for risk management is provided from the Industrial Insurance Premium Refund Account. (General Fund-State, State Wildlife Fund, Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Industrial Insurance Premium Refund Account)
Winter Feeding
More than 90 percent of the winter range for mule deer in Chelan County was lost due to the Chelan fires in July of 1994. In response, WDFW implemented expanded hunting seasons along with a winter feeding program. The goal of these efforts is to achieve a deer population that the natural recovering winter range can support by the winter of 1998-99. Funding is provided for unbudgeted winter feeding costs.
Big Game Auction Funds
RCW 77.12.700 allows the Commission to authorize auctions or raffles for sheep and elk permits. These funds are dedicated to wildlife conservation purposes. This item provides authority to expend funds collected from auctions or raffles in the 1995-97 Biennium. (State Wildlife Account)