"Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”
Should we put resource extraction ahead of wildlife conservation, is there a mutualistic way to provide opportunity for resource extraction while at the same time providing increased awareness and dependable wildlife management. While some may argue that the two can not work in unison, this approach is not one that can be accepted. To understand the value of wildlife to a population is something that fails to be defined. Economic assessments of wildlife provide little true value at this point, no real monetary value can be placed on a single individual, to say what a moose is worth dollar wise is a question prone to yield answers that immediately draw scrutiny.
As the temperatures shift slowly to an emerging fall we are rewarded with a presentation of colour, this colour signals the slow progression into the first snow fall. With autumn air comes the fall rut, bugging elk and battling moose awaken the wetlands and woods, Hormone blinded, they battle and purse with little regard for safety, it is the hunters chance to surprise his quarry, unaware and distracted by procreation.
“Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest.”
A man who does not see, feel, understand the natural environment has no inclination to protect it. We should not fault the individual who has little interest in wildlife for there life deals not with that resource. The duty falls on those who cherish the resource, those who would rather step into the pine flats, hearing the grey jays echo through the timber. What incentives can be created for the individual who conserves or enhances the native prairies or threatened woodland, the future of wildlife depends not on the majority of people but on the few who poses the power to influence.
As an Ecologist, hunter, and storyteller my passion lies in the outdoors. Having a career that allows me the opportunity to work and play in backcountry has given me the ability to become involved with tremendous individuals and organizations. I look forward to continued work and being part of exciting projects that promote scientific progress and conservation initiatives.