From Nevada News Bureau:
…Thirteen different government and nonprofit entities applied for 1,814 trees for planting at 35 different public areas in Southern Nevada through the (federal stimulus) grant. A total of 1,541 trees have been provided to the agencies and groups for planting, mostly at schools and parks around the Vegas valley…
…if job creation to help the country out of the “great recession” is the measure of success, then the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Clark County “Nursery Greening Project” is not likely to win high marks.
According to the Nevada state Division of Forestry, which administered the grant, few jobs were created. Two positions, equivalent to less than 1.5 full-time jobs, were preserved at the Las Vegas State Tree Nursery. A third position through Manpower Inc. of Southern Nevada was created. In addition, 11 individuals were hired for various aspects for projects to include planters, program development, trainers and drivers. The jobs were short term…
Did anyone look around Las Vegas before they planned this? Anyone look in to what sort of native species we mostly have on the ground out here? “Trees” are not what comes to mind when one looks at the remaining natural areas of the Las Vegas valley.
So, we’re planting trees in the Las Vegas desert to create jobs. What’s next? A ski run down Lone Mountain? For crying out loud, what idiocy!
But that doesn’t even get to the heart of the matter. The stimulus was supposed to create jobs – to create, that is, the wealth which would be necessary to not just employ people, but keep them employed over the long term. Unless we were planting the trees with a mind to eventually cutting them down and turning them in to lumber, every cent spent on this project was a waste of money. Might as well have let a contract go to build a pyramid. At least that would have lasted through the ages and been a permanent monument to idiocy.
Money borrowed from China in order to plant trees in a desert – that is the level of leadership we get at that national, State and local level. Here is Nevada, spinning down to Depression (did you know that the Las Vegas Hilton is in default?), and our government wants to plant trees.
Goodness, but we do need a revolution.