A public watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., applauded the US FWS for requiring extensive documentation by the DNR and pre-approval by the USFWS. The compliance is required before the DNR can offer any timber for sale on subsidized hunting land. The parcels in question have been acquired or maintained with federal aid derived from license dollars and excise taxes related to hunting and fishing. The annual Pittman-Robertson grants help pay salaries at the DNR, among other things.
“It shows how Fish and Wildlife has put a tight leash on the state,” said Chandra Rosenthal, a regional director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.