Land Stewardship Lives on

Although HB 419 fell to the forces of looneydom that have gained increasing power of late over many weak-willed legislators the movement for a comprehensive State program remains. We learned a lot from HB 419, not the least of which is that we’re going to need a lot more help from a lot more places if we hope to provide the kind of long-term funding such a program would require. Two recent meetings among concerned parties such as The KCC, the Heritage Land Conservation Fund, the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Lands hold out the hope of just such a concerted effort. If we’re going to try again in 2011, we’re going to have to continue to expand our efforts at raising awareness, in particular awareness among groups that are involved with land conservation and with the legislators that represent them. With the help of the two National conservation groups (The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Lands) I believe that we can take this effort to the next level and get the attention of lawmakers and interest groups enough to push this forward in 2011. No one group can do this. It will have to be an effort from all conservation, recreation and general environmental groups, and there will need  to be a willingness to put aside some individual interests for the good of a comprehensive program. It’s been a long road, and the journey isn’t over yet. To steal a quote from Winston Churchill “It’s not the end or even the beginning of the end. But it is, I believe, the end of the beginning.” Onward to 2011!