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STEVE SCHAPER Steve.Schaper at f435.n100.z86.toadnet.org
Sat May 14 09:06:00 EST 1994

In a message dated 05-13-94 Henry Ford wrote to  All:

 HF> I don't know about physical environmental changes, but in Avon a
 HF> project to encourage Barn Owls which live primarily off field voles 
 HF> and mice, and which have been declining drastically over the last 50 
 HF> years (beautiful white cream and gold owls) met with startling
 HF> success when buffer strips were used along hedges, river-banks and
 HF> ditches. The corridors that were provided were essential for the
 HF> owls to reach new hunting grounds, and the Owls are now successfully
 HF> breeding in the Bristol ( a city of some 300,000). Buffer strips of
 HF> long grass have also been successfully used in agricultural systems
 HF> using no pesticides or weedkillers, where natural predators can
 HF> build up populations in the buffer strips, and forage in the field
 HF> strips. Back to the mediaeval systems of farming(!) Henry Ford 
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