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Old 05-20-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Agriculture secretary vilsack announces economic recovery projects for invasive species

Agriculture secretary vilsack announces economic recovery projects for invasive species
Release No. 0167.09

Release No. 0167.09
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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for invasive species projects. In total, there are 19 projects, funded at over $38 million, in 14 states.

'These projects will provide for public health and safety by restoring forestlands and rangelands damaged by invasive species," said Vilsack. "Invasives weaken affected ecosystems and reduce resource benefits from forests and rangelands."

Invasive species affect the health of ecosystems by stressing the naturally-occurring species and competing with them for resources. Stressed ecosystems are at risk of loss. These funds will be used to suppress and control species such as: kudzu, cogon grass, and hemlock woolly adelgid.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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Wow! Double Wow! A whole whopping 38 million to spread around to control invasive species in the name of public health and safety. Aw shucks Tom... thanks for the bone. You're really doing your job advocating for public health and safety I can see... or at least that's what you want everyone to believe.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #3
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Wonderful!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:30 AM   #4
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It's better than nothing, but not by much, sigh
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:49 AM   #5
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I was being facetious when I said Wow and Double Wow. My teenage son gave me this link as a visual to better understand big numbers like 100 million or in this case> 38 million,
We're talking a portion of one penny. Not even a whole penny. So much for looking out for the environment and providing for public health and safety Mr. Vilsak oh great and powerful Agricultural Secretery.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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It's still better than nothing, and perhaps it would be a good idea to let your Congressman know how you feel about this issue.
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I do contact my congressman regularly. I receive scripted replies thanking me for my support. Evidently no one is reading that I am not supporting their poor choices. They are sending automated replies.
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