The Reagan Administration is claiming that the sale of public lands will help reduce the national debt, but — by law — 76 percent of the revenue from such sales must be put toward the Bureau of Reclamation's water projects. The National Wildlife Federation warns that this could mean hundreds of millions of dollars more being funneled into ecologically risky dam-building projects.
A small company in northern New Jersey (Automotive Import Recycling, Inc.) actually remanufactures BMW's and Volvos. Its 30 employees take the old vehicles completely apart . . . replace any worn parts with new ones . . . and then (at the rate of 20 automobiles per month) turn out shiny, new vehicles!
A free booklet about battling gypsy moths is available from the American Forestry Association. Although the publication does mention the aerial spraying of pesticides (a practice MOTHER EARTH NEWS does not generally condone), it also presents a good bit of constructive information covering the life cycle of the moths, preventive tree care, and environmentally sound ways of combating this pest. Write to American Forestry Association, Dept. P-TMEN, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, D.C. 20013.
International commerce in weapons now tops worldwide trade in food staples. . . . It's been estimated that an area of tropical forest the size of all six New England states is deforested every year. Experts believe that somewhere between 30 and 100 acres of the forest are being cut or burned every minute! . . . An economist has predicted that the average American family will spend 23 percent of its total income to raise one son to age 22 (that's assuming that the boy doesn't go to a private college. Raising a girl will cost about $900 a year more!) .... The National Wildlife Federation is offering a booklet to help you lure the more evasive bird species to your feeder. To obtain a copy of the guide, send $1.00 to Wild Bird Feeding Preferences, Dept.157-TMEN, National Wildlife Federation, 1412 16th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
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