You could have knocked me over with a feather when a friend pointed this out to me.Living On Earth: Working Woodlands
The water authority highlighted in this piece is the one that serves my community. I'm on the water authority's advisory board and for years, while the city manager wanted to cut timber off the property, we on the advisory board insisted he get an update to management plan on it first (the old one had been written in 1970 by a fellow BOF employee). We even went so far as to offer to write the update ourselves (since we had the expertise on the board to do so), but the city manager wasn't convinced. Then, one day, my friend Mike Eckley came in to our office to let us know about a program The Nature Conservancy
had initiated called the Working Woodlands program. The light bulb literally went off in my brain and I said to Mike, "I've someone you simply MUST meet..."
And the rest was history! What I did was so simple and easy; getting Mike and the city manager to meet, but so much good stuff has come from that meeting! I've certainly not done any of the heavy lifting, but I still feel at least partway responsible for something really good. It's a wonderful feeling!