The bureau had held that its program would save $210,000 and eliminate 11 jobs. In questioning the claim Metcalf pointed to the Piedmont Refuge in Georgia, where Budget Bureau officials claim abandonment would mean a "saving" of $44,000 and three jobs.
"Even if we discount wildlife and other values and deal only with dollars and cents," Metcalf said, "this is some 'saving' when you consider that in 1964 sale of timber alone from the refuge brought in $124,000—or almost three times the amount we will 'save' next fiscal year by eliminating the refuge." He said timber on the refuge is valued above $5 million and annual growth at some $300,000 and is increasing; wildlife populations have "skyrocketed"; the number of visitors has more than quadrupled in the past five years; and the income from the refuge in lieu of taxes to the counties in which the refuge is situated has more than tripled in the past three years.
Metcalf then introduced a bill providing that land must get out of the refuge system the way it gets in—by approval of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, not by "bookkeepers unqualified to make policy decisions."
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A few years ago Euell Gibbons brought out a book called Stalking the Wild Asparagus, relating his adventures in eating wild plants. Apparently he missed a few. Jaro A. Konecny of Strong, Maine, acting executive secretary of the Applied Naturalist Guild, reports in his latest newsletter that milkweed buds are just great in pancakes and that tender shoots of birch enhance the flavor of a beef stew or soup. The inner bark of birch or white pine can be dried and ground into flour, he says, and reindeer moss can be made into something that resembles shredded wheat.
The thing that fascinates us most, though, is that Konecny is looking forward to the crabgrass season. He says it is delicious.
Though Peter Snell is entered in this Saturday's Penn Relays in Philadelphia, the world mile and half-mile records will be in no danger. This Peter Snell is no New Zealander but a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy, and his running, if he does compete, will be confined to a quarter-mile leg in the freshman mile relay.
Snell took up running as a high school freshman in Melbourne ( Florida, not Australia) shortly after his famous namesake won the 1960 Olympic 800 meters. A specialist in the sprints and 440, he never has run a mile in competition. And his best half-mile was 2:01.9, almost 17 seconds slower than the New Zealander's world record.
The two Snells have corresponded and discovered that both their ancestors came from the same town in England in the early 17th century.