VT Edition Interview: Wayne Laroche, Steve Wright & Ed Gallo on Dept. of Fish & Wildlife funding

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife is the steward of Vermont’s natural surroundings, charged with protecting wildlife, fish, plants and their habitats. The primary funding source for this work is the annual license fees paid for hunting and fishing, a system that dates back decades to when it was the Department of Fish and Game. But hunting and fishing are on the decline and the Department’s increased workload has benefits outside the sporting community, a situation that has called into question how the department is funded. VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with Commissioner Wayne Laroche, former commissioner Steve Wright, and with Ed Gallo of the Vermont Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association about funding.

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