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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Beaver resigns as state mammal

A coalition of environmental groups launched an ad campaign today to protest Governor David Paterson’s proposed $69 million cut to the Environmental Protection Fund, which is used to pay for a variety of green initiatives, including land preservation. The Adirondack Council sent us the ad below, which features a snapping turtle, eastern bluebird, beaver, and brook trout resigning as the state’s reptile, bird, mammal, and fish, respectively. The proposed cut amounts to about a third of the fund.

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Phil Brown

Phil Brown has been editing the Adirondack Explorer since 1999. When he isn't at his desk, he's usually out hiking, paddling, skiing, or doing something else important. You can follow his adventures and his musings on the Adirondacks in the Explorer and on this blog.

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  1. Solidago says:

    Given the state’s dire fiscal situation, I think we all need to start accepting cuts to the things we love and appreciate a little more gracefully. Demanding programs and services while at the same time complaining about taxes is how we got in this mess. People who feel strongly about these issues can donate their money to organizations like the Nature Conservancy (which has done so much for us lately and is currently holding the bag on a lot of land), take part in the DEC’s Stewardship Program – http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2568.html – or support any number of great programs and organizations that get a lot more done a lot more effectively than our state government.

  2. pman says:

    Given the state’s dire fiscal situation, I think we all need to start accepting cuts to the things we love and appreciate a little more gracefully. Demanding programs and services while at the same time complaining about taxes is how we got in this mess. People who feel strongly about these issues can donate their money to organizations like the Nature Conservancy (which has done so much for us lately and is currently holding the bag on a lot of land), take part in the DEC’s Stewardship Program – http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2568.html – or support any number of great programs and organizations that get a lot more done a lot more effectively than our state government.

    Aggree with above… Across the board cuts are a must.

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