Some legislators oppose Freudenthal's wildlife funding request

Cheyenne, WY – Some state legislators say they don't agree with Gov. Dave Freudenthal's suggestion that the state invest $50 million in the state's Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund over the next two years.

Freudenthal met with members of the Joint Appropriations Committee today to spell out his budget recommendations. The Legislature will convene for its budget session in February.

Freudenthal's proposed budget calls for putting $43 million in the state's Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust accounts. If approved, that would bring the trust account balance to $100 million, half the amount of its planned total endowment.

Freudenthal also recommends that the Legislature put up $7 million to fund conservation projects directly over the next two years.

Republican Senator Curt Meier of LaGrange told the governor that he has different budget priorities and hopes that others in the Legislature agree with him.

Senator Charles Townsend, a Republican from Osage, also told Freudenthal that he was concerned about the prospect of the