July 19, 2013
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Across Colorado, the New Year is being rung-in with the sound of filibusters and repeals. The Colorado legislative session is off and running like my mom’s miniature goat with my hand knitted wool hat — no stopping it and no chance of putting it back in the pen until the hat is eaten and the dust clears, or rather session ends in early May.
The blaze orange and camo contingent have been out in numbers across town. I find myself rubbernecking at every pickup to see who’s bringing in game. I find myself looking longingly at my bow, recalling hunts of years gone by and deciding which friends might be sweet-talked out of a little venison (thanks, Allan). It’s hunting season in Northwest Colorado!
We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place for future generations. That means being good stewards of the land and protecting habitat for all wildlife. By protecting sage grouse, we protect the land and water that all of us — from hunters and hikers to anglers and ranchers — value and enjoy. And here in northwest Colorado, by protecting sage grouse we enhance our local economy. Saving sage grouse just makes good dollars and sense.
As the church bells of Craig rang out earlier this week in celebration of our Constitution, I found myself reflecting on the idea of the supreme law of the land that boldly declares “We the people, of the United State of America” and continues to designate the responsibilities of Congress, the president and the courts in forming “a more perfect union.” And four years later, the Constitution was amended when 10 new provisions known as the Bill of Rights became part of the law.
Today, as a field organizer for Conservation Colorado, I work collaboratively with people of all political persuasions to advocate on behalf of Colorado’s clean air, water, public lands and wildlife. It still feels right to tread carefully, to leave things better than they were and to be a good steward of the earth. It turns out this means I am both a conservative and conservationist and that is, in part, because conservation is conservative.