Anderson: Invasive species hit politics

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2012 - 7:02 AM

The panel in charge of deciding how to spend Legacy funds needs to decide if it's part of the crucial fight.

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pdf123Jan. 27, 12 5:27 AM

Right on. It's going to cost a lot more to do this, and the wildlife funding section of the Legacy Amendment shouldn't bear the full load. It can't anyway. It's one thing for it to give a small portion, but this is a huge problem. The gov has done something, but it's not enough. And the GOP has done zero.

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elmore1Jan. 27, 12 6:04 AM

This is EXACTLY the kind of work I was envisioning when I voted for the Legacy fund. The DNR doesn't have the funds and Lake Associations are well intentioned but are not adequately organized or funded either. AIS prevention is VERY important and if the Legacy folks don't want to support this I hope we can repeal it. Legacy without AIS focus is just another pork barrel run by special interest groups.

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really1979Jan. 27, 12 7:25 AM

fight against invasive species. Who would of believed it. Anderson is the guy, along with the Lessard Council, who questioned not only whether a problem existed but the need to spend money to fight it...particularly Legacy dollars. While he championed turning Minnesota into the land of 10,0000 easements costing millions and millions and millions and even more millions of dollars, the threat of invasive species from carp,zebra mussles and milfoil grew and investment to solve the problem went nowhere. It is interesting that once the spotlight turned on the whole easement process and questionable spending (40 million dollars to Blandin Paper which was sent to Finland) Anderson has now become the cheerleader for investment in fighting invasive species. It's time to put REAL sustainable resources towards the problem, starting with Legacy dollars.

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detlakerJan. 27, 12 7:48 AM

I voted for the Legacy Amendment to do what it said it would, " to protect and enhance lakes, rivers, etc." please check the definition of "protect" in the dictionary!

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privateeyeJan. 27, 12 7:55 AM

This amendment was not passed so Republicans could cut the budget knowing this would replace it. Shame on them.

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fackerJan. 27, 12 8:00 AM

Invasive species are not the problem. The globally connected society that provides an avenue for movement is at the core of this issue. Society isn't going to change because economic development overrides natural resources, always has, always will. So sticking billions of dollars into 'fighting' invasive species is merely misguided management and NOT a long term solution! We live in a modified 'nature' and must learn to live with what we have created...not fight our own creation with never-ending expenses. Write your legislators and tell them no more waste!

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notsidJan. 27, 12 8:04 AM

Well, I will be darned! Our friend, Denny, actually criticized a GOP legislator in his column after all of those years of extolling the virtues of any and all GOP members of the legislature and governor's office! Amazing to hear him do that. After reading his columns for many years (a good writer with a simplistic view of politics and legislative practices), one could have easily gotten the impression that only GOP legislators have the best interests of hunters and fisherfolk at heart while those doggone old Democrats and liberals are always trying to ignore or hurt those interests. Again, amazing!

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whataboutmeJan. 27, 12 8:24 AM

don't forget to demand federal dollars on any project that is eligable for them, rivers etc

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odinmanJan. 27, 12 8:25 AM

As an outdoorsman, in hindsight I wish I never would have checked "Yes" on the legacy ammendment. It's a total joke. Rather than spend the money on worthy and important conservation projects, we spend it on "interpretive dance" and other such nonsense. We've been duped big time.

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owatonnabillJan. 27, 12 8:38 AM

Interesting. In many places in the world asian carp are seen as a valuable resource. I've eaten them myself. Sort of like cod but a bit lighter in taste. Apparently the critters are farmed in some of the southern states and their meat is in demand in restaurants.

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