I recently attended the 100th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha. Colloquially known as “the North American,” the conference is one of if not the largest annual gathering of fish and wildlife management agencies and conservation organizations. Having been engaged professionally in conservation over two decades, I am keenly aware of the overwhelming importance of private landowners to wildlife conservation in the United States.
There is an old saying that you might not hear much anymore. In my youth when family or friends were presented with a particularly complex set of circumstances, conditions or tasks their summary of the situation might be that it was “a lot to say grace over,” reflecting that there was so much on the table one hardly knew where to begin. But also implicit in that old saying are that while difficult and complex the problems are both solvable and, above all, cannot be walked away from.