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Old 03-08-2012, 08:05 AM   #1
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AMERICA?S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Announces Wetlands Acquisitions for Refuge System and Grants for Bird Conservation

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Old 03-08-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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Will do. An excellent way to support the refuge system.
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Can somebody help me udnerstand why we're using our duck stamp money for this, "The commission also approved more than $2.8 million in NAWCA grants for nine projects in Mexico. These grants will be matched by $9 million in partner contributions and will directly affect more than 56,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in 20 Mexican states. In addition to habitat acquisition, restoration, enhancement and management activities, NAWCA projects in Mexico may also involve technical training, education, sustainable-use studies, or organizational infrastructure building to develop or strengthen wetlands conservation and management capabilities">>>? And.... may include sustainable-use studies or organizational infrastructure building>>>? A sustainable-use study almost always preceeds the acceptance of applications for development of some sort. Haven't we done enough damage to our wetlands without tinkering with theirs?
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Duck stamp money can only be spent on US projects NAWCA funds are different. Grants are funded by annual Congressional appropriations; penalties and forfeitures levied under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; interest accrued on funds under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act; and excise taxes paid on small engine fuels through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Fund. The partners that match contributions are groups **************** Ducks Unlimited to help protect wetlands and grasslands in Canada and Mexico which are vital to Migrating birds. As far as the sustainability studies it could be anything from agricultural watershed management to recreational sport hunting to boost local economies.

While we have historically destroyed millions of acres of wetlands These programs are doing there job in restoring them. What we really need is an answer on CRP and WRP with farmers withdrawing there lands because the price of corn makes it more profitable now for them to farm every inch of ground rather than keep it in these programs.

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Old 03-19-2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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"to help protect wetlands and grasslands in Canada and Mexico which are vital to Migrating birds. As far as the sustainability studies it could be anything from agricultural watershed management to recreational sport hunting to boost local economies." To help protect at what expense? I'd really like to believe ALL of the $$$ will be used for long-term protection and restoration but... they keep slipping in "enhancements". Sad to say but... anytime I've seen the phrase "may include sustainable-use studies or organizational infrastructure building"... it usually spells trouble for large tracts of the lands they were claiming they were going to protect. Here’s a site where our $$$ were used to fund sustainable-use studies which are paving the way for "sustainable" construction in a developing country, Prime Indonesian jungle to be cleared for palm oil - Yahoo! News,
"Which is why his turnabout on the Tripa swamp forest — home to the world's densest population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans — has left Ibduh and other villagers so confused and angry.
Already excavators have started knocking down trees and churning up soil.
Drainage canals also have been built and villagers' drinking wells are already noticeably drier as result, they say. Security forces are deployed by the palm oil company along the perimeter of the forest, guns raised when anyone tries to enter." Check it out.... 3 years ago our $$$ along with "matching" funds helped finance the global "team" of scientists who originally conducted their sustainable-use studies which led to organizational infrastructure building for a greater good and now all those people are at risk of being herded like animals into large cities so jungle swamps can be milked for all they're worth by palm oil companies that have committed to providing jobs to help raise Indonesians out of poverty and to save them from starvation. It's going on everywhere right under our noses and it's why I cringe every time I see that phrase, "may include sustainable-use studies or organizational infrastructure building". IMO.... the word MAY should be replaced with WILL.
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Just for the heck of it, start a little file saving every Salazar press-release article found like this in its entirety along with a link to the original article then search for updates in a year and again in 2 years. I don't think you'll view some of the "enhancements" and "sustainable development" that will be proposed once the studies are complete to your liking. Those "stakeholders" that "partnered" to protect the lands by matching funds didn't do so out of the goodness of their hearts.... they did so for a piece of the pie.... they'll be expecting a return on their "investment" somewhere down the road.
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