The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation Blog Post

Cynthia & George Mitchell FoundationRecently, I was honored by being asked to write for The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation: “The Many Voices of Conservation” blog series exploring the fascinating spectrum of conservation initiatives and the human role in preserving the natural system.  Each of us who were invited to participate in this blog series were asked to write from our heart about our unique conservation priorities and perspectives.  The blog series will be released over the next several months on their blog page and via Twitter.  Other contributors who have written blogs that are complimentary to mine include Former First Lady Laura Bush and Texas Agricultural Land Trust CEO Blair Fitzsimons.

A long-time leader in the conservation community, The Foundation seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems and works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.

Here is a snippet of the blog post:

“While it is easy to imagine that rural Texans and urban Texans are separated by insurmountable barriers of concrete and experience, it’s simply not true. We stand on common ground. As humans, we all need the same things: healthy food, serviceable clothing, protective shelter, clean water, and productive open spaces that are not only home to our essential natural resources and processes, but also provide beautiful, natural settings that restore our collective spirit.

In the chaos of modern life, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that these essential life-giving elements come from somewhere. Food does not magically appear in supermarkets. Water does not magically appear in our taps. Open space land does not remain productive casually or by chance. These things directly result from the stewardship of hundreds of thousands of committed, resourceful people who are operating ranches and farms across the state.”

Read the post in its entirety at: http://cgmf.org/blog-entry/124/Keeping-open-space-open.html

Read the entire blog here: http://cgmf.org/p/learn.html

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