Smith: In face of widespread habitat loss, conservation fight continues

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Habitat is the big victim in the wetlands-grasslands war.

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EP1955gMay. 19, 13 8:23 AM

Thank you Ethanol for putting an end to conservation and the destruction of wildlife habitat and clean water. The biggest taxpayer boondoggle of them all. Big Ag is one happy guy. He gets to sell more seed, fertilizer, make huge profits at the expense of the above.

thotabtitMay. 19, 13 4:59 PM

Thank you Doug for telling it like it is. I have been envolved in Agriculture my entire life, I am now 74 years old. I have often heard the argument, "we in agriculture are the worlds first environmentalists", "if we could only get a fair price,we would would protect the the land and the environment". Don't ever belive it. Agriculture is a business and must be treated like any other buisiness or industry. And as far as pollution; Agricultural drainage must be considered "point source pollution".

mmediaMay. 20, 13 6:31 AM

The picture with this story is/was repeated hundreds of times in my corner of the county over the last half decade. Ironically, the guys who own the land are first in line at the DU banquet.

flusher75May. 20, 13 7:11 AM

CRP, drain tiles, ethanol and all the rest are just the symptoms. Until we stabilize our population we will be witness to an never ending downward spiral of our environment. It will continue past the point where hunting is gone. We are already approaching the intersection of food supply and food demand. There's got to be a joke in there somewhere when a hunter complains about not having a place for him and his 5 kids to hunt.

stevenmoe15May. 22, 1311:41 AM

Drain tile is stealing are fresh water, Farmers and agriculture ask yourself this what is worth more Corn today or Fresh water tomorrow. Water will cost you far more than corn can make you. The earth has it's own filter system why would we destroy it! We are going to turn this earth into one big rock like desert. It is sad, STOP ALREADY, lets keep some blue up above us and green down below us (alabama) Stop ruining the earth with drain tile if it is wet we are not suppose to grow there. Even idiot knows that, wait the government and farmers dont know that so I guess an idiot does not know that.

puckluck77May. 29, 13 1:32 PM

We used to have hundreds of ducks flying around in our area of Northwest Minnesota in October, now we are lucky to have a couple fly in during the whole season. The nesting areas obviously have been drained. This is progress?????

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