Where will this end? There should be widespread outrage about this. So sad.
Well if there ripping out shelter belts, they deserve what mother nature has proven to why they were put there in the first place.
Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of greedy farmers who could care less about the wildlife and habitat. But the majority do care.
For the most part, I don't feel people are in any way ANTI agriculture. Productive, profitable ag and good environmental practices do not need to be mutually exclusive. However, laws need to be in place and enforced which protect and preserve the environment for all citizens.
As an aside, the area I duck hunt in North Dakota is seeing massive bulldozing and burning of shelterbelts planted after the dustbowl years. Apparently the lessons from the 30's have been unlearned. Makes me sick...
The good old days.
Using 2,4D killed everything, plowing your ground and the snow banks were black from wind erosion, beating the ground to death so when it would rain the streams were chocolate milk. spread manure all winter long, drain wetlands and dig ditches. Use twice as much fuel per acre to get crops in.
Explain to me why you are upset about cheap food and a much better method of farming today?
It's almost a joke that people are so mad over this project when houses and apartment complexs are going up daily. Turning woods and low lands into subdivisions.
Look at what happened around Petenwell when the land was sold around the lake. Hardly anybody cared and most wanted to get there grubby hands on it.
Appreciate the optimism Cold Front but our state's environment is being threatened on many fronts in an unprecedented manner. Many of the initiatives ( or lack thereof) are cumulative and take time to show their negative effects.
Just one example; Groundwater aquifers in my part of the state are steadily being depleted by unregulated irrigation wells. Our AG, under the direction of the governor has disallowed examining the cumulative effect of wells in an area when granting permits for new wells. It is negatively affecting many of us living in the area.
We could also talk about lack of enforcement of existing environmental laws, the emasculation of the DNR and on and on...
I don't know.... the air, water , fish and game all seem to be doing pretty good anywhere that I have traveled in the State. The wholesale destruction that was predicted must not have happened. I have even looked for all the chunks of fallen sky that you guys said would be dropping but I haven't seen anything yet. The state and the economy are in the best shape it has been in my lifetime. People of all races and walks of life that have elected to participate in the recovery from past mismanagement and government over reach have improved their lives incrementally and hope to continue on that path. No, things are not perfect but they are way BETTER than it was. Let's keep it going. Mrt.