[TN-Bird] Wamp Ruffles feather of bird lovers

  • From: "David Aborn" <David-Aborn@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-Bird" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:29:01 -0500

From the local ABC affiliate in Chattanooga. The video clip of the interview
can be seen at

Bird enthusiasts say they're dismayed by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp's recent
assertion that surface coal mining is good for the state's feathered flocks.

Wamp made the statements at a Republican gubernatorial candidate forum last
month. Wamp says he spoke with scientists and fishing and wildlife experts.

But bird expert Melinda Welton says it's not true. She says no current
surface coal mining practices are beneficial to birds that depend on the
forested slopes of the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.

The Tennessean made requests for the names of the experts Wamp had spoken
to. Wamp has not provided the names, but recalled that they were with people
from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife
Federation and a University of Tennessee biologist.

David Aborn
Chattanooga, TN

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