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4,I'inton News Thurs. Feb. 14, 1980 National Wildlife Week Set For March 16- 22 When President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed a new national observance, Wildlife Restoration Week, in 1938, the nation had only recently learn- ed an.important environmental lesson from its disastrous Dust Bowl: Without adequate prot- ection,, our natural resources could be quickly lost forever. I t seemed!, appropriate that the theme, Of the week in march sponsored by the Nationall Wi- ldlife' "Federation, should be habitaL protection. It's,how 42 years later, and tile wk, held this year Mar- ch llithrough 22, is called National Wildlife Week, Once again, the theme-"Save A Pl- ace For Wildlife"--emphasizes habitat protection. Over tile years, National Wil- dlife Week theme have varied, from endangered species in general, as in 1956 and 1974, when the themes were "Save Endangered Wildlife" and "We (;are About Endangered Wild- life" to specific endangered animals, as in 1952, when the Wildlife Week theme was "Save the Key Deer." Other themes have stressed environmental problems t"Ch- emical Pesticides Are Poison, " in 1963 and "We All Need Clean Water," in 1977) and the im- portance of outdoor activities ( "Protect Our Public Lands," in 1958 and "America Ntn:ls Out- door Recreation," in 1964). In 1972 ecology was emphasized (" Ecology: A Wild Idea" ) and in 1966, with "Protect Natural Be- auty," the focus was on aes- thetics. But habitat protection has re- mained an important and recur- ring theme. As Thomas L. Kimball, executive vice pres- ident of tile National Wildlife Federation, explains: "It's an msue that never goes away. Very simply, without food, wa- ter, cover, and a place to raise young -- habitat--wildlife cannot survive." We've come a long way since the Dust Bowl swept across the country, but unfqrtunately, ma- ny of the nation's remaining wildlife habitats are stall in dan- ger. For example: The nation once boasted 400,000 square miles of eastern tallgrass prairie, stretching from Minnesota into Texas and as far east as Indiana. Today, only one per cent of those pr- airies remains. Tile U.S. Soil Conserrvation Service has estimated that that there were originally 127 million acres of wetlands in the lower 48 states. Half of them have been obliterated, and it is estimated that 138,000 acres of wetlands are drained each year. . For years, coastal cities have dumped polluting sewage into tile biggest wildlife habit- at of all-- the ocean. For ex- ample, more than t30 million cubic feet of sludge are dum- ped each year into a stretch of i ocean south of Long Island and east of New Jersey. Biologists have found that pollutants in the sludge can become concentrat- ed in edible seafood. .More than two million acres of ravaged strip-mined land are waiting to be reclaimed. Some 800,000 acres more are mined each year. "We can't turn back the clock, but with careful plan- ning we can save the nation's remaining wildlife habitats," Kimball emphasized. "We ean 'Save A Place For Wildlife'. But we need everyone's help and concern. If you care about wild- life, then you must care about habitat." Screen actor and environmen- talist Robert Redford is serving as chairman of the Wildlife, Week observance for the fourth consecutive year. Men & Boys Sweaters $5.00 Values to $11.97 1 Rack Now Thru Sat. Feb. 16th Men's & Boy's Flannel Pajamas $5.0O Values To $7.97 Misses & Womens' Flannel Boy's Corduroy Jeans $4.00 Size 4-7 1 Rack Boy's Long Sleeve 'KnitShirts $2.00 Promotional Garden Seed Flower-Vegetabie 2 for88 c c pkg. 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Rock- efellerJV will address the stud- ents arid their teachers chaper- ones at'a luncheon scheduled at the Chpi'leston Civic Center and that m/mbers of the state's Board-0f Public Works will ive offices during the morning session. Meeting with the students will be new State Superintendent of Schools Roy Truby; Auditor Glen Gainer; Secretary of St- ate A. ,lames Manchin; Agric- ulture Commissioner Gus Doug- lass; and Treasurer Larrie Ba- iley. The afternoon will be'spent at the state capitol where the students will be able to meet with delegates and senators from their home districts, They also will have an opportunity to see the legislature in action. Know Your State Government Day is in its 30th year under the sponsorship of the West Virgin- ia Education Association. It is estimated that about 12.500 high school students have been able to learn about their state go- vernment on a firsthand basis through the program Selected by their high school social studies teachers to att- end fi'om Summers County are : Tatcott lIigh School -- Brent Jones and Brenda Taylor. Top man needed far Mexico post Relations between the United States and Mexico seem to have gone steadily downhill since President Jose Lopez Potillo took office three years ago. Officials in Washington find the relationship the sorriest its laden in many years. The fault lies on both sides of the border. We have neglected Mexico, showing little sympathy or Offering little help in its do- mestic problems of monetary weakness, overpopulation and unemployment. Mexico, in turn, has attacked the U.S. dollar as a precarious symbol, refused to accept re- sponsibility for the off damage to the U.S. coastline caused by the runaway well in the Gulf of Mexi- co, and, lately, rejected the reen- try of the deposed Shah of/.ran and offered negative comments about the freezing of Iranian assets here. Obviously, relations are bad and fences need mending. It is vitally important that two close neighbors share each other's concerns and problems in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. At the present time, Presilent Carter is concerned with the ap- pointment of an ambassador to Mexico -- to fill a vacancy made when Patrick Lucey left to join the campaign staff of Ted Kenne- dy. It is one of the "most import: ant appointments he will make during his current term. A selection connittee has sub- mitted the names of six persons to the president. Half of them are believed to be career foreign service officers -- persons who are fluent in Spanish, know Latin America and have experience in Latin diplomacy. Tile others are believed to be of Hispanic origin. It certainly is no time for a political appointment of an ama- teur statesman. The president should give the matter the deep. eat of thought and produce a top quality ambasador -- whether Hispanic or Anglo -- who can deal with the frayed relations and quickly restore good will between the two nations. Mexico is vital to the Uniteci- States. its problems must be shared by us. 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