Sunday, April 25, 2004

What about the forests we already have?
Former Iowan now Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Ron Schara discusses the Iowa rain forest in Sunday's paper ("Things at home could be better", 4/25/2004). He jokingly suggests additional projects along the same lines -- "How about a range of the Rockies in south Florida? Maybe fields of blooming cactus in Maine?"

He also mentions the $50M in federal money for the project could be better spent restoring Iowa's wetlands, or preserving Iowa's actual forests (neither of which would likely cost near that much).

At some point the question is going to be asked: Is the Iowa Environmental/Education Project the most ridiculed project receiving federal financial assistance in history?