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More than 30 years ago, a love of hunting and fishing led me to begin collecting pieces of information about conservation and the environment. In the back of my mind, I would say something like ... "someday, I might want to write a book." I  ended up with hundreds of articles and interviews.

  I wrote several books for the broadcast industry on selling and leadership. These were successfully published. Then a small book about putting value in your life and managing your time a little better sold rather well. Then, I began writing chapters for a book on ecology.

  Another fifteen years of writing and revising, talking to many people in the conservation field, gathering more information, verifying facts ... the result is this book. It is more a labor of love and less an effort to write a heavy book on a subject I have come to feel very deeply about.

  As I plodded along, I came to the conclusion that our land labors with at least ten conservation beliefs which I call "ethics". Many of these ideas are in direct conflict with each other. These range from the Pilgrim ethic that nature is hostile and must be subdued to the Native American idea of the "spirit of nature." They explain why our American culture has had difficulty establishing a conservation ethic.

  Being an old sports announcer who once did University of Nebraska football games for the State Sports Network, it was easier for me to write like people talk. So, there is the talk of hunters who are lost on a road, to the cowboys of Wyoming and their bar talk, as well as the comments and thoughts of people who work on the grass roots level of conservation and wildlife management.

  I have also tried to identify people who made considerable contributions to conservation and environmental thinking. You will find short biographies of these people scattered through the book. This trail begins with George Perkins Marsh and his classic book, Man and Nature and ends with people still living like Stuart Udall and Barry Commoner.

  My hope is the book will find its way into high school and university class rooms and perhaps even into the mainstream. I hope it causes people of all ages and types to take better care of the earth.

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Ken Greenwood