March 26th, 2011
I’ve seen some bizarre bills over the years, but mandating logging in our state parks here in Southeast Minnesota has got to be one of the worst. Who put it in? Rep. Steve Drazkowski… EARTH TO MARS — PULL THE AMENDMENT… what more to say?
Sec. 21. HARVEST OF TIMBER; STATE PARKS.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 2, or any other law to the contrary, the commissioner of natural resources shall assess the black walnut and other timber resources in Frontenac State Park and Whitewater State Park, harvest the black walnut and timber resources suitable for harvest, and deposit the proceeds from the sale into the state parks account in the natural resources fund by June 30, 2013.
From Bluestem Prairie, with a link to a great Op Ed from Mankato Free Press:
This posting drew this comment from a reader who was there:
I sat in on the House Environment evening session on March 16. Some time after Lee Frelich offered his testimony Drazkowski went on a little rant about global warming and invasives. I recall his remarks as being "Climate change, SO WHAT. Invasives, SO WHAT." My notes probably don't have the wording exact but his "so whats" were so contemptuous that they stuck in my memory. I'm pretty sure the meeting is recorded so his voice should be available but I don't know if the camera was on him. I recall some ancient philosopher's prayer as being "O Lord, please make my enemies ridiculous." We've been granted ridiculous enemies. I just wish they didn't have the majority in the legislature.
Here’s his contact info – tell him what you think:
651-296-2273 and 507-843-3711
Next it goes to Ways and Means, so contact all the members, just cut and paste the addresses below: