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Military spending millions to protect gophers, while workers go on furlough
Fox News ^ | July 12, 2013 | Dan Springer

Posted on 07/12/2013 10:24:43 AM PDT by jazusamo

A total of 650,000 civilian employees are now being furloughed at U.S. military bases in response to sequester cuts -- but the Department of Defense is still spending millions to protect fuzzy critters.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state just received a $3.5 million department grant to purchase land around the base in an effort to protect the Mazama pocket gopher, a species that has not even been listed as endangered or threatened.

The expense is not sitting well with furloughed workers.

"That really makes me mad that they would do that," said Matt Hines, one of 10,000 civilian employees forced to take a 20 percent pay cut. "I'm all for saving animals, but at what cost?"

Under REPI (Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative), the Department of Defense and other federal agencies have spent $397 million to protect 264,000 acres around bases since 2003.

Sarah Hamman, from the Center for National Lands Management, has been tracking the Mazama pocket gopher in the prairie land around JBLM and says the military's involvement has been critical.

"The Department of Defense is a really important partner in this process in terms of providing the funding and providing the land for these species," Hamman said.

In addition to the Mazama pocket gopher, environmentalists say the purchase of 2,600 acres of prairie land around JBLM will also help Taylor's checkerspot butterflies and streaked horned larks.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: agenda21; dod; environazis; environmentalism; gophers; un21
Another example of out of control enviro-nazis and our DOD supports them.
1 posted on 07/12/2013 10:24:43 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

This is more agenda 21 off limits land purchases. that’s all it is. They can use whatever excuses they want, that’s what they are doing.


2 posted on 07/12/2013 10:26:25 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Little doubt that you're right but it's criminal in my view it's coming from our defense budget.
3 posted on 07/12/2013 10:28:45 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

From any budget it is.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 10:30:39 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler
Unbelievable gopher ping.
5 posted on 07/12/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It would be even more unbelievable if the Gophers ever made a real bowl game.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 10:34:59 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

7 posted on 07/12/2013 10:36:19 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Just open a range where there is gophers, problem solved, no more gophers and better trained officers!


8 posted on 07/12/2013 10:39:32 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: jazusamo

But the varmint will never quit - ever. They’re like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong


9 posted on 07/12/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: jazusamo

In before the Bill Murray pic.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 10:47:02 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I'm so conservative I won't even wear progressive bifocals.)
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To: Jack of all Trades
But the varmint will never quit - ever. They’re like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong

This thread is useless without pics:


11 posted on 07/12/2013 10:49:00 AM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Psalm 112)
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To: CrazyIvan

Drat! You got in just under the wire.;)


12 posted on 07/12/2013 10:49:48 AM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Psalm 112)
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To: Jack of all Trades

I can verify there’s no danger of gophers going extinct in Washington state, they’re a real pain.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 10:51:19 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: CrazyIvan
Separated at birth?


14 posted on 07/12/2013 10:55:43 AM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Psalm 112)
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To: jazusamo
"PROTECT THE GOLFERS! NOT GOPHERS!!!"


15 posted on 07/12/2013 10:57:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

Welcome to the Democrat party. All military should claim that they are pig farmers and deserve $50,000 from the taxpayers.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 11:01:02 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jazusamo

I surrender. I’m going to:

=switch from Independent to Democrat
=take a position as a school teacher
=join a union
=buy a Volt... maybe a Subaru
=go on food stamps
=get an Obama phone
=buy a “Hillary 2016” t-shirt
=stop telling Weiner jokes

There’s no hope. Stick a fork in us... we’re done


17 posted on 07/12/2013 11:16:41 AM PDT by moovova
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To: jazusamo

He is growing his national civilian army and FEMA camps; he has little need for the DOD


18 posted on 07/12/2013 11:25:03 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Agreed - they are a real pain here in OK, too. I currently have an eradication program underway on my place for the pocket gophers that are creating mini-volcanos on my back lawn. I’m getting pretty good with about a 50% success rate. Crossing my fingers — my lawn was free of gopher mounds when I departed this morning.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: george76
Yep, in fact I'd bet he feels our military is a threat to him.
20 posted on 07/12/2013 11:31:08 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

NUTS? So what else is new? In my little corner of the world managing gophers means killing them off to the point of extinction.


21 posted on 07/12/2013 2:12:16 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

Amen to that...The only good gopher is a dead gopher.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 2:17:39 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If anyone wants to be on or off the Agenda 21 ping list, please notify me by Freepmail. It is a relatively low volume list in which we have been exploring the UN Agenda21 and related topics. We have collected our studies with threads, links, and discussions on the Agenda 21 thread which can be found here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2738418/posts

NEW ACTION THREAD:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2863065/posts

Post 128 of the Action Thread is a summary of the history of Agenda 21, “what they are doing”, “what to do about it” and a good bibliography for further reading.


23 posted on 07/17/2013 12:52:42 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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