I have a lot to be thankful for, but I'm restricting this post to those who labor in the fields of conservation or environmentalism, to use the more recent term.
* Thank you to those with the endless patience to negotiate with farmers and ranchers to find solutions to human/wildlife conflicts.
* Thank you to the people with the stamina to endure meeting after meeting to plan how land will be used--the people who speak up for natural areas in the face of economic pressure, the people who understand that "balance" means only deciding how much we will destroy, but who persevere anyway.
* Thank you to the astoundingly ingenious and cheerful folk who teach our young to appreciate pond life and raptors and trees.
* Thank you to the researchers in the often uncomfortable and dangerous wild, collecting the information we need to understand how to support the wild in the face of the changes we create.
* Thank you to everyone who wrote a check or volunteered or sent a letter in support of wilderness designation, greenhouse gas reduction, sane harvest regulations, marine reserves, and other efforts to spare the planet our excesses.
* Thank you to those who take the trouble to educate yourself and then keep these issues in mind when you vote.
I am grateful for all your efforts on this Thanksgiving, the day we celebrate abundance and good fortune.
Bird Creek Meadows, Mt. Adams, Washington
Pronghorn, Central Oregon