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This is not unexpected that another wildlife habitat program is in danger.

David Sommerstein, February 9, 2004


A popular federal program that pays farmers to restore wetlands on their property is underfunded in President Bush's budget proposal. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's David Sommerstein has more:

The 2002 Farm Bill called for turning 250,000 acres a year of marginal farmland into wetlands. Wetlands on farms help control pesticide run-off, replenish aquifers, and provide wildlife habitat. And the effort gives farmers some extra cash in lean times. The Bush Administration wants to downsize the program by 50,000 acres a year. But critics say it's too popular to reduce.

"For every acre that gets enrolled, there are five acres waiting to get enrolled."

Julie Sibbing is the wetlands policy specialist for the National Wildlife Federation. She says millions of acres of wetlands nationwide are under threat from development. And farm conservation programs are a crucial way to preserve them.

"There's been a lot of talk about how the farm programs have expanded under the Bush Administration. It's really not been the great expansion that we would have liked to have seen."

Last year, the program helped convert 213,000 acres of unused farmland into wetlands, short of the 250,000 acre goal.

For the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, I'm David Sommerstein.

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Last year, the program helped convert 213,000 acres of unused farmland into wetlands, short of the 250,000 acre goal
Sounds to me like it was a pretty good success last year. No matter which way that article tried to spin the truth against P. Bush the numbers dont lie, 85% of what they set forth to do is a GREAT number, remember, you dont put land into a program just because the money is apropreated for it. If the land is not ideal you wait till the right land is. It is not that there is not enough qualified land available, it is more the amount of time and people power it takes to evaluate and eliminate property. No, in my opinion 85% of any project a Gov. agency sets forth to achieve is a great success.
(4 more years) "he he he"
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