Here lies the rub. As an organization, possibly a purchase could make some sort of meaningful difference but most likely not. As a private purchase, in most all cases there would have to be a return on investment. Although forwardthinking,private environmental purchases could not make a significant difference anyways in the overall scheme of the issue. If I remember correctly, it would have to be ag related to qualify for the CRP. I believe that there are currently alot of ag landowners that would go into the CRP if the dollars made sense. Only big brother has the dollars to fund that. Also,please keep in mind that the reason some of the farmers won't go in is due to the price of corn. Why is corn so high? Ethanol funding from Uncle Sam. Aside from the CRP withdrawl, we are currently losing about 100 wetland related acres daily throughout the Dakotas. Minnesota is no longer on the NA Waterfowl census as a result of losing 95%+ of our wetlands since European settlement- 1880's and on. Yes, some of this due to farming to feed the burgeoning populous. Just don't bite the hand that's feeding you by blaming the farmers for the woes of development. We are feeling it now and will feel it all the more in the future. The Dakotas are being changed before our eyes and once gone, won't be replaced. Very unfortunately,it seems that unless it is a Hollywood Environmental type issue, it falls to the wayside. The CRP of the plains doesn't have the bling to make it to primetime. We should all be concerned. When it comes down to it, involving our Gov't. in this problem may not be the perfect solution, but, it may be the best bad option that we have. Talk to me.....mauser
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