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Action Alert! Help us fight for a rancher’s right to use their own land! Oppose HB 1838!

We need your help! Help us fight for a rancher’s right to use their own land! Oppose HB 1838 - "The Buffer Bill"! Under House Bill 1838, a mile-long 200-foot buffer devours 24 acres of land. Here are some specifics about the bill:

  • Mandates large buffers on all private lands (provides very few exceptions) but exempts tribal lands – this is a clear regulatory taking of private property rights.

  • Creates huge buffers as large as 235 feet on each side of a stream or river or all around a pond, lake or wetland.

  • Creates new fines up to $10,000 per day per violation. The fines would be issued by Ecology.

  • Creates unfunded mandates for farmers, all affected landowners and the counties.

  • The details needed to implement the bill are left to unelected employees of the Department of Fish & Wildlife and Ecology.

The hearing is next week on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 10 am. Here are the directions to oppose: Go to this legislative website -

  • In the box marked "Committee:" select "Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources"

  • In the box marked "Meetings:" select "01/19/22 10:00 AM"

  • Under "Select agenda item" click the circle to left of "HB 1838 Salmon Habitat"

  • Next, under "Select type of testimony" click on "I would like my position noted for the legislative record"

  • This brings you to a new page where you enter in your "Con" position first and then your personal information. Please note that only the information with an "*" is required information. So you do not need to provide your address.

  • Finish by clicking on the box to the left of "I'm not a robot" and then click the green "Submit Registration" button just below that.

Want to know how this bill affects your property? You can also explore the map created by WDFW that shows you how your land would be impacted by this bill by clicking here. Type your address in the search box in the top center of the screen and then click on the screen and the buffer size information will appear.

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