The Most Expensive Animal Alive? 66,666.666 acres for one owl
by Glynn A. Burkhardt
Pima County Coalition For Multiple Use
Pima County, AZ - One Million two hundred thousand acres of land
closed to development for the sake of 18 Pygmy Owls. Yes, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service supported by a few radical green environmental
groups proposes this huge acreage to be set aside for 18 Pygmy Owls.
These same people will claim the lands will only be “use restricted”.
Not true. Take a look at what happened in Washington, Oregon, Montana,
Idaho, Wyoming and other states including Arizona. Once the lands
were declared critical habitat for the Mexican Spotted Owl, Black
Footed Marmot, Fairy Shrimp, Lupine (loco weed), Milk Vetch (milk
weed) or you name it. All land development was halted by legal and
illegal actions taken by the government and green organizations. No
federal land trades or sales allowed, No Aggregate or Timber sales,
No Mining or Gravel operations, No new Livestock leases or Farming
leases, No new Housing Developments, Roads, Schools, Pipelines or
Power lines, and in many places no Hiking, Camping or Hunting. Entire
forests are now closed to human entry without very limited "Special
Use Permits" to which the green organizations have the inside
track and first rights.
Look long and hard to the ruthlessness the Government and Green organizations
used in Klamath Falls to dry up and break the farmers, and in Florida,
the act of flooding hundreds of peoples homes in housing developments
to drive them out of the "Everglades", thus causing the
ongoing Saw Grass Rebellion! Look to the careless destruction of the
U.S. Timber industry. These same government Officials and Radical
Green organizations are presently telling the Phoenix Metro area they
will not have their full water supply due to the 7 “endangered Fly
Catchers” (birds) that moved onto the mud flats normally submerged
by Roosevelt lake, now dry due to the recent drought. Yep, Can’t fill
Why would business want to remain here? This latest Pygmy Owl action
is exceptionally outrageous, onerous and pointedly punitive towards
the Housing and Land Developers, Ranchers and Farmers, Aggregate,
Gravel and Mining companies, Campers and Hunters as well as the Tax
Paying Citizenry who had the audacity to complain, write opposition
or interfere in the radical greens former plans to stop growth. This
increase in acreage is a direct slap in the face to the people of
Pima County and Arizona (731.000 acres increased to 1,200,000 acres)
and a toothless warning not to interfere again.
One Million two hundred thousand acres for 18 Pygmy Owls, a tiny bird
that weighs an average of 2.2 ounces .......unbelievable....66,666.666
(sixty six thousand six hundred and sixty six point six six six) acres
per owl.....even more shocking when you calculate the 10 year monetary
losses the Critical Habitat designation of 1.2 million acres will
cause. If we calculate the 10 year monetary cost and losses on the
proposed critical habitat lands at just $50 per acre, per year. The
de-valuation of private lands will be $500 per acre (far below the
losses in the Everglades, Klamath Falls, the Pacific Northwest, Etc).
The loss to our school system in Arizona from the halted sales and
leases of State Trust lands at a low-ball figure of $500 per acre.
Then figure the loss of revenue and productivity from Bureau of Land
Management lands from normal sales, school land donations, ranching,
mining, aggregate, sand and gravel, and recreationional uses such
as camping, hiking and hunting at an easy to reach number of $500
per acre. We have a total loss of revenue and waste of $600,000,000
(six hundred million dollars). Divided by 18 owls …… $33,333,330.00
(thirty three million three hundred thirty three thousand three hundred
and thirty dollars) per Pygmy Owl. That’s what 66,666.666 acres per
owl at an average cost or loss of a mere $500 per acre which comes
out to each owl costing you $33,333,330.00 dollars.
Since when are these mice with wings worth over $33 million dollars
each or $15,151,513.00 (Fifteen million one hundred fifty one thousand
five hundred and thirteen dollars) per ounce.
This irresponsible waste of your tax monies by the U.S Fish and Wildlife
Service and the Bureau of Land Management is exactly what will continue,
followed closely by cooperation from the State of Arizona Land department
and the cash strapped Arizona State Government along with the Pima
County Government if the citizens and industries in Arizona don't
oppose these spendthrift activities. Contact the U.S Fish and Wildlife
Service today at: Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
2321 W. Royal Palm Road, Suite 103, Phoenix, Ariz., 85021-4951 or
fax them at 602-242-2513. Their phone number is
Sincerely, Glynn A. Burkhardt
Pima County Coalition For Multiple Use
For information contact:
Glynn A. Burkhardt
9100 E. Indian Hills Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85749