The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is very concerned to learn that beginning this spring, 19 Ministry of Environment offices across the province will no longer offer walk-in service to the public.
“For many communities, these offices are the only point of contact between the public and ministry staff,” said Executive Director Darrell Crabbe.
Over 70,000 hunters and 250,000 anglers enjoy our natural resources each year, and generate over $600,000,000 annually. The majority of this money flows to the rural sectors of our province. These Customer Service Representatives are an integral part of that support infrastructure.
Crabbe notes that “if the Ministry were to reconsider their position to provide free licences to various demographic groups, revenue generated would easily cover costs to operate offices and retain these positions. Revenue may even be enough to provide funding for additional conservation officers, improving enforcement and compliance for our wildlife resources, as well as deliver support for the rural crime initiative.”
For more information, please contact our office at 306 692 8812.