The Arizona Sentinel

April 20, 2009

A Simple Plan to turn Arizona Economy Around, Agriculture

Filed under: My Posts — thearizonasentinel @ 7:46 pm

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Economic Revitalization Plan for Arizona and other states as well

With the recent economic problems forecast-ed to become worse and the prediction by experts that it may take several years to recover from, states, counties, cities and citizens are starting to feel the effects. The State of Arizona is almost $2 billion dollars in the red and mines and businesses are laying off workers at a rate that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression.

Our country has become a consumer nation, instead of the producer nation we once were. When we no longer have money to consume, everything is negatively affected. This plan proposes that states become less dependent on Federal government money and start producing products again.

The first item of this plan proposes that the State retake control and management of all lands within the state, excluding any land currently in title to the U.S. government, including monuments, military installations, and post offices. This includes all public forests.

The second item states that the State Forestry Agency will re institute the logging and timber industry and develop sustainable logging and thinning projects that will generate revenue. The third item states that the state will use a portion of the revenue generated by those projects to remove undergrowth and decrease the chances of catastrophic wildfires and increase the health of the forests. (Water sheds , former stream beds will be cleared ,allowing them retain water runoff adding to the sustainability of our aquifers.) These thinning s will be sent to new industries created to use the fuels for biofuels and wood products. This will generate jobs and revenues for counties as well as the state.

The fourth item will reopen all roads and trails in the forests that existed prior to 1976. Access to all areas of the forest lands will be crucial for the success of this plan. Counties will help decide these issues in their territories.

Fifth: The state will establish an Aerial Alert Team, consisting of a minimum of 2 C130s for wild fire suppression. These aircraft will cover the entire state and can be leased to other western states on a cost plus 15% basis. The planes will be on a 90 minute alert status and respond before fires get out of control. They will be equipped with heat seeking equipment and will be used as transport delivery systems, not combat operations. The state will own and operate the aircraft under the management of the state forestry agency. (The State will lease the aircraft , currently in surplus, @ $1.00 per year from the Department of Defense for a period not to expected to exceed 4 years . ) This rate reflects the fact that the Federal Government is directly responsible for the destruction and condition of our forest lands.

Sixth: The state will create tax incentives for the production of biofuels. Seventh: The state will study the viability of planting switch grass fields in burned out forest areas as well as other areas of the state.

Switch grass is an alternative to corn and other grain crops and can be grown under most conditions. It doesn’t need to take up agricultural lands and no pesticides or chemicals are needed to grow it. The grass grows up to 10 feet tall with a root system that extends 10 feet into the ground. Planting is required one time in 8-10 years. Switch Grass can be harvested with minimal equipment twice a year in most areas and is bug and drought resistant.

Switch grass generates 20 times the energy as that of corn. It puts nitrogen back into the soil instead of depleting the soil nutrients like other food crops. Up to 15 tons can be cultivated per acre, which equals about 1500 gallons of renewable bio-fuels per acre. The residue from the switch grass can be used to create electricity and helps to control erosion in damaged forests. It also may provides ground cover and forage for livestock and wild animals. The types of fuels that can be created include biodiesel, methanol, methane gas and hydrogen.

This plan could be implemented in a year and has the potential to fill many revenue needs. The plan will need to be treated like a business and will require support from the citizens to be put into practice. We will continue to follow the progress of this plan and report on future developments.

It is time has for local communities to take back control of their lands. Returning them to the production capabilities that nature intended.

Check out the following Links:

First :

www.sciam.corn/article.cfm?id=grass-makes-better-ethanol-corn

Second

http://bioenergy.ornl.gov/papers/misc/switgrs.html

Third:

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/switchgrass.html

Fourth

http://uwtz.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=16194

 

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