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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Why I hate winter

December 29, 2008 at 10:27 PM

It’s not the snow. The snow I enjoy. The cold, too. Actually, I miss all the white stuff. Who wants to walk around in mud and slush and be greeted by dog droppings nobody has cleaned up for weeks.

No, hat I hate about winter is that once the ground freezes and landowners get bored, the bulldozers, backhoes and excavators get busy. Already within a few minutes of my home in Elmwood I’ve watched two pieces of tree/shrub/grass cover torn out. The one pictured below is not great wildlife habitat, certainly. But big bluestem and Indian grass grow on the hillside each summer. And most summers, they develop seed heads. I doubt that will be allowed next summer. Maybe beans or corn will grow there now.

I understand, there’s money to be made in this tiny little hill. But every winter I wonder, “Where will it stop?”

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Scene’s like that make me sick to my stomach and have become all too common over the past 10 years.  I’ve lost more than half my hunting spots to the dozers and the mowers.  I don’t think it will stop until these farmers can plant road to road!  I would love to know how much extra money, if any goes into their pocket by removing a fence row after you subtract the costs for the dozer, fuel and their time!  Today’s technolgoy has made farming much too easy and efficient so the farmers have nothing better to do besides mow and bulldoze!!

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