RGS Biologist Responds to Questions
Following is the leadin and an excerpt from a Pittsburgh, PA based WPXI Channel 11 Target 11 story aired the evening of October 29, 2009 with video and full text at: http://www.wpxi.com/news/21466334/detail.html.
‘Billions of your tax dollars have been pumped into the federal stimulus program, but where is that money really going?
It’s a program designed to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
You’ve heard about road, bridge and other infrastructure projects, but you probably haven’t heard about some other expenditures.
Pennsylvania is on track to receive as much as $10 billion dollars in stimulus funds.
Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle spent weeks following the money trail. Earle tracked down who’s getting the money and how it’s being spent.
What he discovered may surprise you.
A $37,000 grant to the Coraopolis-based Ruffed Grouse Society.
The nonprofit organization used the money to pay for a project to clear exotic vegetation from a national forest in Ohio.
The goal is to preserve the habitat for birds.
“We did know it was stimulus money going into it, but we were surprised to see it made its way going into a project like this,” said Mark Banker, a biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society.