I came to conservation by way of historic preservation. Think about it, they produce many of the same successes. Conservation and historic preservation are both about conserving our investments, creating the very best cities – alive with local craftspersonship, an engaging quality of life, walk-, bike- and transit- ability and access to parks. A strong city also protects our rural edges, providing us with local food, clean air, abundant water and a way to get away from it all.
Given the above, it would not surprise you to know that my family owns a small log cabin from the 1840s. It provides that “getting away from it all” balance in our lives – including a never popular, no electronics rule – as our sons were growing up. For us, it is our touchstone – a literal and figurative hearth for our family - strengthening our values and life ethic while creating similar ones in our sons.
In both of our homes, we have watched the seasons change in more ways than one. Observing more intense rainfall and snowfall, more flooding and road erosion, later fall leaves and more hot days (thank goodness for fans!) and experiencing a growing season for our family garden that thrives in the fall, winter (with a few old bed sheets for occasional insulation) and spring.
I’m a conservationist because of my values. Values like leaving something or place better than I found it. Getting the most out of all that I buy or make. Buying local. Also and quite simply because I am happiest and most content when I am in nature. Why are your conservationist?