Re "Funding plan would balance support for California's wildlife" (Viewpoints, March 1): The California Fish and Wildlife funding plan proposed by John Sullivan to provide a supplemental funding source to protect all our state's fish and wildlife resources needs our support.
CFW needs a stable funding source for its new responsibilities and placing a small excise tax on equipment that people commonly use to participate in fish and wildlife viewing is reasonable. When purchasing gear, most outdoor enthusiasts would be happy to pay a small percentage to help support fish and wildlife.
Experiencing the outdoors without seeing fish and wildlife, is like eating cake without frosting -- the experience is not as rich or enjoyable. Wildlife habitat must be protected. Protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat requires stable funding and this funding plan is a good start.
For decades DFW funding has not kept up with its mandates. A small excise tax on outdoor equipment is worth of our support.
-- John Mott, Sacramento