Talk vs. action

To the Journal editor:

“There’s too much talk and not enough action on invasive species,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in his State of the State address and I couldn’t agree more.

Michigan and the Great Lakes have suffered from sea lamprey, zebra mussels and emerald ash borer invasions, and now we face threats from asian carp and other species on land and water.

Gov. Snyder announced he was initiating a new effort to combat invasive species in Michigan and our Great Lakes. I hope the legislature quickly takes up this issue and appropriates the resources and makes the legislative changes needed to protect our beautiful state. Our quality of life, our economy, and our environment depend on it.

Last August, a citizen task force created by the legislature recommended we change state law and policy to focus more on prevention.

Already, we are spending resources to control invasive species after they arrive. Wouldn’t it be a smart choice if we acted to keep them out in the first place? An ounce of prevention really is better than a pound of cure, but only if the medicine is taken in time.

Gov. Snyder is trying to get us moving and I hope our legislature is ready to help. I know I am.

Thomas Cook, chairman

Nature Conservancy – Michigan