Date: 5/15/17 10:12 am
From: James Morgan <jlmm...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill
Native plant taxes.

Could be done in the online "AR sales tax" submission.
Currently there is a tax rate for un-cooked food items at the state
level and a rate for all all other retail merchandice.
A county/city could have a rate for native plants sales tax just like
the state has for food items.

Then the retail nursery/merchant's cash register software would need to
include that reduced sales tax on native plants

(Kim - last post on this for me)
Jim Morgan

On 5/15/2017 11:28 AM, Donald C. Steinkraus wrote:
> Jim Morgan,
> I agree whole heartedly with the idea of rewarding residents for
> planting native plants that benefit wildlife and removing exotic
> invasive plants that harm wildlife. Tax credits would be a good idea.
> Whether the cities would go along with this, I don't know. It would
> take a bit of infrastructure to evaluate a property before and after.
> I agree with you too, that there are too many people on the planet.
> But who wants to depart, or not reproduce? We all love our own families.
> I do think that the population of the United States is way too high.
> But no one wants to stop new people from coming in, needing a car, a
> large home, and big footprint. We can see this right now, ongoing, in
> Fayetteville. The big developers have moved in and are transforming
> pastures, woodlands, wetlands, forests, into homes, malls, etc. at a
> rapid pace.
> It would be great if Washington Co. said "We are large enough,
> populated enough, no more." But that won't happen.
> Don Steinkraus
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
> <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of James Morgan
> <jlmm...>
> *Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 10:37:22 AM
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: massive warbler kill
> Don
> Originally I thought about a consumption tax or surcharge for each
> non-native plant that is used for landscaping in the county or city.
> (punish the offenders)
> But thought that tax credits or rebates for landscaping with native
> plants would be more palatable.
> The benefits to the budgets of counties/cities for implementing would
> be in water and air quality (less mowing). Here in NW Arkansas where
> we live on Beaver Reservoir water, there would be savings on water
> purification - for human consumption and decreasing the total amount
> of water consumption by using native plants.
> Tax credit for having a lawn that is species diverse (no herbicides),
> not mowed often or composed of native grasses is a little harder to
> envision. Instead of getting fined for an un-mowed lawn, get a tax
> credit. : )
> After reading all of Joe Neal's posts about benefits of Virginia
> Creeper & Pokeweed, I haven't been digging them out of the sheep
> pastures or sheep fences
> Jim Morgan
> Fayetteville
> On 5/15/2017 10:23 AM, Donald C. Steinkraus wrote:
>> The deaths of birds due to mankind's buildings, windows, cats,
>> pesticides, development, cars and trucks, is one of the most evil
>> things we do as a species.
>> I try in my own little way to help by putting up bird boxes on my
>> property. This spring I have two nests of chickadees and two blue
>> bird nests. I also try to plant native plants that support birds,
>> caterpillars.
>> But I am just one small person and we need millions of people helping
>> birds.
>> What is the answer to chem lawns, invasive plants, vast cities with
>> their concrete towers and windows, all the cat lovers, developers? I
>> don't know.
>> Don
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> *From:* The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
>> <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Jerry Davis
>> <jwdavis...>
>> *Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 9:40:02 AM
>> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
>> *Subject:* Fw: massive warbler kill
>> For you information. Window collisions are taking out a billion
>> birds a year. It takes 3 billion nesting attempts just to cover this
>> loss not including those lost to feral cats and other mortality. We
>> are losing 4% of our birds per year. Forty percent fewer birds are
>> crossing the Gulf than crossed just 10 years ago. It is obvious to
>> those going afield that the birds are not there. If you are not
>> going to help the birds in this lifetime, what lifetime do you plan
>> to start?
>> Jerry W. Davis
>> Hot Springs
>> *From:* Jeffrey Short
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:48 PM
>> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
>> *Subject:* massive warbler kill

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