I am going a bit far afield with this post today, but there is a travesty of justice being inflicted ion the citizens of Clermont County, Ohio by the USDA. By way of background, we have an infestation of the Asian Longhorn Beetle in an area in our county. The USDA was responsible for it, and, ironically, is responsible for its’ eradication.
Here is a link that adequately describes the situation.
From the link, there is another link to send a letter to the USDA to register your objections. Here is what I sent:
I just finished reading all 79 pages of your assessment of the Asian Longhorn Beetle situation in Bethel/Tate/Monroe in Clermont County, Ohio. It was somewhat obtuse, and designed to promote one vision – yours.
Being a man of few words, I would like to cut to the chase immediately.
It was the responsibility of the USDA to inspect all foreign shipments to prevent the importation of the ALB (and other harmful pests). Obviously, you failed – rather miserably, judging by the number of infestations cited in your report.
Now, you want the citizens of Clermont County, Ohio, to support your alternative, which is to clear cut all “host” trees within 1/2 mile of any identified infected area. Regardless of the impact on water quality, wildlife, or the quality of life of the residents. For your shortcomings? And you want to do this to help your crony companies make money off of the ground trees – for mulch or for paper mill feedstock? With no compensation for landowners that have maintained these forests? And, what will be left of East Fork State Park? A mere shell of its’ former self, along with a highly occluded reservoir.
It seems to me that Option “C” would be the preferred alternative. It maintains the maximum number of un-infested host trees, maintains environmental quality, and supports wildlife. Yes, it costs more money. But, since it was your fault in the first place, it should be your responsibility to assure that the least intrusive and destructive option is chosen.
Since it is also your responsibility to oversee the farm bill, I am sure that you can find the money there.
For once, your bureaucracy needs to do the right thing rather than the most expedient thing for you.
RB Enterprises Co
2218 Trappers Knoll
Batavia, OH 45103