INTERIM TOPICS

Possible Topics

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Aquatic Invasive Species are a threat to sport fishing and infrastructure.

Quagga and zebra mussels remove plankton from the water. Plankton are the primary food source for forage fish which are an important food source for many sport fishes. These species can also impact power plants, municipalities, irrigation systems, and other water users. Having AIS as an interim topic will provide opportunities to engage with other water users and create a more robust strategy to prevent invasive species introduction. Protect our waters and support AIS as an interim topic.

LANDLOCKED PUBLIC LAND

With over 3 million acres of landlocked public land Wyoming is home to approximately 1/3rd of all inaccessible public land.

We need to address this issue and doing so will have positive economic impacts for generations to come. According to a University of Wyoming study, hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers in Wyoming contributed more than $1 billion to Wyoming’s economy during 2017.
People spent $802.2 million in Wyoming on wildlife-based recreation in 2017. From that direct spending, the state saw the benefit of $1.065 billion in total economic activity.
Increased expenditures meant more jobs, too. Overall, the economic activity supported nearly 10,000 Wyoming jobs and $264.3 million in labor income. That is a 4 percent increase in jobs since 2016, which is significant given that Wyoming’s total jobs grew by less than one-tenth of a percent between 2016 and 2017. Support a landlocked public land interim topic and let’s find a way to increase our public access.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

CWD is a 100% fatal disease found in most deer species, elk, and moose.

Multiple scientific studies have confirmed population declines over time in white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk populations from CWD. CWD can experimentally infect squirrel monkeys, pigs and laboratory mice that carry some human genes and the potential of the disease crossing the species barrier will have negative impacts on our sport. Support an interim topic looking into ways to address CWD and together we can work towards a solution.

BIG GAME MIGRATION

Big game animals provide numerous public benefits.

Many Wyoming families rely on publicly owned elk, deer, and pronghorn to fill their freezers. Visitors support local economies with their wildlife watching activities. Perhaps above all, these large ungulates are a critical component in our treasured ecosystems.
Migration is key to their health. Throughout the year, these species will “surf the green wave,” following the greenest grasses from lowland riparian areas to high elevations. We must continue to look for ways to increase the protections of these animal migrations with improved wildlife crossings, winter ranges and stopover areas. Please support an interim topic to look at ways to protect these important wildlife migrations.

PREFERENCE POINTS

This topic always leads to heated debate.

Studying this issue as an interim topic will ensure public comment periods occur and you can voice your concerns. Support a Preference Point interim topic and together we can work to find the best solution to this issue.

  • Email representatives about an Aquatic Invasive Species interim topic by clicking HERE!

  • Email representatives about a Land Locked Public Lands interim topic by clicking HERE!

  • Email representatives about a Chronic Wasting Disease interim topic by clicking HERE!

  • Email representatives about a Big Game Migration interim topic by clicking HERE!

  • Email representatives about a Preference Points interim topic by clicking HERE!

What problems do you see afield? What laws need changed?

Let’s address the issues that we face and work to find the answer to the problem.

BACKGROUND: Interim topics are discussed by committees when the legislature is not in session. These interim topics are discussed over a series of meetings with the intent of drafting bills that can benefit you and I.

 

IMPORTANCE: All of the bills that will be heard this legislative session have already been submitted. We will continue to ask for your help to kill bad bills and support the issues that are important to you during this time, but the next action we all must take is one that will give us a major head start to informing our representatives of the opportunities to improve our laws.