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CFAB Correspondences

Below are links to correspondence letters written by the Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) regarding various sportsmen issues and funding matters associated with the State's fish and wildlife programs.

May 2018

March 2014

November 2013

  • New York State Hatchery Infrastructure - letter from CFAB to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo regarding bringing New York's fish hatcheries back to the level necessary for maintaining viable stocking programs in an effort to keep "New York Open for Fishing and Hunting."

August 2013

  • Lifetime License Fund - letter from John Stouffer (Office of Budget and Policy) to Jason Kemper (CFAB Chairman) thanking him for the letter regarding the investment of the Lifetime License Fund.
  • Petition to Restore New York Caledonia Fish Hatchery (PDF, 2 MB) - letter from John R. Balla to CFAB to draw attention to the deplorable conditions of the New York Caledonia Fish Hatchery with hundreds of signatures to petition to local representatives and receive support.

July 2013

June 2013

  • Support for Senate Bill to Implement Crossbow Regulations - memo of support from CFAB that strongly supports the passing of the Senate Bill 1699B. This bill would allow DEC to set regulations on crossbow use during hunting seasons and require DEC to adopt hunter education training in the safe use of crossbows.
  • Funding Academy Recruits from Conservation Fund - letter from DEC Commissioner Joe Martens responding to CFAB's correspondence sent in May concerning funding academy recruits (Environmental Conservation Officers) with Conservation Funds.
  • Conservation Fund - letter from NYS DEC's Commssioner Martens to CFAB concerning conservation fund and the DEC's resources to implement its mission.

May 2013

  • Lifetime License Fund Strategy - letter sent to Office of the Comptroller, Mr. John Stouffer, thanking him for support and meeting with members of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board regarding the investment strategies for the Lifetime License Fund.
  • Environmental Conservation Officers Receiving Conservation Funds - letter sent to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens questioning the shift of approximately 20 Environmental Conservation Officers to the Conservation Fund, with no notification given to the Conservation Fund Advisory Board.

April 2013

  • 2013-14 Adopted Budget Sporting License Restructuring (re:Trapping Licenses) - letter sent to Assistant Secretary to the Environment, Mr. Basil Seggos, thanking him and the administration for efforts in ensuring trapping privileges remain as a stand alone license in the Governor's 2013-14 Adopted Budget for the sporting license restructuring.

March 2013

February 2013

  • Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2013-2014 Budget - testimony submitted by CFAB expressing concern of how Conservation Fund revenue, which comes from sporting license sales, is not being used solely to support programs for the care, management, protection and enlargement of fish, game and shellfish resources of the state, or for the promotion of public fishing and shooting. This is inconsistent with the legal purpose of the Conservation Fund.

January 2013

  • Federal Aid Eligibility - letter sent to DEC Commissioner concerning taking immediate action to ensure New York remains eligible for federal sportfish and wildlife funds, and that assets of the Conservation Fund remain protected for the future of New York State fish and wildlife programs.
  • Proposed License Fee Structure - letter sent to DEC's Commissioner regarding concerns with proposed changes to CFAB's previous recommendations on the structure of sporting license fees and use of funds.
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