Taking a stand for the environment does pay off.
- Like many of you I have burst into tears every time I've thought of the
sightings of the Lord God Bird since the awesome announcement was made.
This article is about the main reason why...HOPE!
What it means to me is that there are still natural wild woods left in
this incredible country big enough to shelter and hide a huge animal
that has been hunted for over 60 years by everyone from our best
scientists to ?
Here is the very inspiratrion we as activists have needed so badly in
these terrible times of habitat loss and desecration.....we have
something worth fighting for and we can make a difference!!!!!!
Right here in the North Fork area of the GMUG the largest still unroaded
mid-elevation biologically rich public lands are in desperate need of
protection. Methane is in the air.
Bill and Cheyl Day have been monitoring birds of this slated- for-
extinction essentail habitat. I'm sure there's plenty of data
collection that still needs to be done.
Why not contact Bill at <bday@...> and volunteer to help if you're a
birder or botanist or a general data freak.
For those of us who have joined Public Lands Committees, etc THANK YOU
and here's the best reason I can think of the keep up the good work.
Andrea Robinsong, Hotchkiss
How the Ivory-billed dodged the bullet
The following is some information that shows just how close the
WP came to losing the habitat that ultimately has been shown to be crucial
to the Lord God bird. With this history in mind, that nickname takes on a
whole other meaning.
In the early 1970s, one of Arkansas' foremost environmental crusades began,
the fight to save 232 miles of the Cache River and its tributary, Bayou
DeView, from being channelized. The Cache meanders through northeast
Arkansas from the Missouri boot heel to the White River at Clarendon. Bayou
de View parallels the Cache about eight miles to the east for much of its
length. Together they are the winter resting place for an estimated 800,000
A plan to straighten and deepen the streams to improve the drainage of
surrounding lands was proposed as early as the 1920s. After soybean prices
soared in the 1960s, U.S. representative Bill Alexander (Democrat of
Arkansas) got Congress to allocate $60 million for the work.
As attorney for a group of environmentalists, Richard S. Arnold filed suit
in federal court, challenging the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers' twelve page Environmental Impact Statement on the project. After
District Judge J. Smith Henley ruled for the Corps, it began dredging the
Cache near Clarendon even though the case had been appealed to the U.S.
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Governor Dale Bumpers had asked for a
"I couldn't stand by and watch a bureaucratic federal agency thumb its nose
at Arkansas," Rex Hancock said, explaining why he single-handedly organized
the Citizens Committee to Save the Cache River Basin in October 1972. The
committee eventually included thirty-five national organizations and eight
states (including MN) in the Mississippi Flyway.
The battle raged until Congress cut off funds in 1978 after a U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USF&WS) study called the plan "the single most damaging
project to waterfowl in the nation," and the Environmental Protection
refused to grant a necessary permit to the Corps in 1979. In 1980 the
announced plans for a thirty-five-thousand-acre Cache River Wildlife
which has since been established. Only seven-plus miles of the Cache River
near Clarendon ever were "ditched."
Moral of the story: Taking a stand for the environment does pay off.
Moral #2 from Ed P--One person can make a difference!
John Schladweiler New Ulm
John Schladweiler MN Dept. of Natural Resources Asst. Regional Wildlife
Manager 261 Hwy 15 S New Ulm, MN 56073 john.schladweiler@...
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