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This green alternative sounds great but it scares me to death.  Lets all
be cautious about jumping on this band wagon.  This could lead to
intense pressure on wetlands and other natural areas to clear cut and
drain them to grow crops for ethanol production.  Agriculture is exempt
from wetland impacts unlike the development community and thus this
could be devastating to them.  It takes an enormous amount of area to
generate a small amount of ethanol.  This means Florida's vast timber
lands or other forested lands not in production will be cleared to grow
corn, etc. if the markets are developed and it becomes profitable.  Just
a thought.
BJ

	B.J. Bukata, M.S.
	Department Manager- Ecology
	Jones Edmunds & Associates
	730 NE Waldo Road
	Gainesville, FL 32641
	352.377.5821 x4152
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Brian Becker
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:13 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Ethanol Fuel production in Florida

All,

 

  An article from today's Tampa Tribune:
http://www.tampatrib.com/MGBAYRTK3JE.html.  After reading this I again
urge
you to look at the attached document from Dr. Steve Mulkey, Director of
Outreach/Extension in the School of Natural Resources and Environment,
who
is spearheading the establishment of a Florida Institute for Integrative
Land Use.  Consider how the desire to turn Florida in to biofuels
producing
state will fit into the current direction of Florida land use and land
cover
change.  Please respond with your comments regarding the proposed
Institute
directly to Dr. Mulkey: [log in to unmask]  

 

Cheers,

Brian

 

 

 

Brian Becker

Ph.D. Student - Interdisciplinary Ecology

Rm. 3, Bldg 182, Mowry Rd, PO Box 110831

University of Florida

Gainesville, Fl 32611-0831

Phone (o): 352-846-3054

Phone (c): 352-246-6239

Fax: 352-846-2094

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