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PIERCE COUNTY: Conservation district funding invaluable

Letter by Kerry J. Phibbs, South Hill on Nov. 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm with 5 Comments »
November 9, 2010 2:16 pm

For a measly $5 per parcel we are going to hamstring one of the important agencies of Pierce County (Kathleen Merryman column, 11-8).

The Pierce Conservation District does invaluable work to protect and improve our environment. They have been organizing groups and individuals to monitor creeks and streams, tracking their health or lack of it. They have programs that show farmers and other animal owners how to provide healthy environments for their cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, horses, etc., in ways that also keep our drinking water clean and our streams and rivers healthy.

They are responsible for raising the awareness in urban and suburban areas that the oil and other junk that we used to dump at the curb was poisoning us and all the water and its inhabitants downstream. They promote and enable the restoration of native vegetation and the removal of often poisonous non-native plants that choke out and destroy habitats.

The Pierce Conservation District partners with federal, state, county and local agencies to pull people together and get tangible results. Their small staff is way outnumbered by the number of volunteers that they mobilize every year to get things done while improving our environment and educating people of all ages.

This is a misguided step to save a few pennies while our state, our counties, our homes and our environment will noticeably suffer.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. hultmale says:

    Sadly, the tone of the electorate is now ‘every man for himself.’ All taxes and all spending for the good of community are lumped into the ‘slippery slope’ of socialism.

  2. Only one comment? Unbelievable. This incredibly short sighted action on the part of the county deserves a strong negative response. How predictable that it comes on the heels of the election. They are counting on a dumbed down public with short memories.

  3. ratujack says:

    These control freak environmental whackos like you Phibbs run around invading private property and trying to tell everyone else how to live and what to do. The farmer can handle his own Pig. You sir ……stay away. Plants choking other plants…you are out of control…..Back off!

  4. Cutting pennies when they need to cut dollars.

  5. alindasue says:

    ratujack,
    The rights of the individual are only limited by how they interfere with the rights of others. A farmer can handle his own pig, but if he fails to handle said pig’s manure and it ends up in the river, that affects the rights of the people downstream. The same for non-native plants that spread uncontrolled from the gardens into the general eco-system.

    With every personal right comes an equal amount of responsibility. None of us inhabit this world alone.

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