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Friday, April 9 2004

Well, it’s a start….

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Adrian Polansky gave a talk on the future of rural areas here. The link goes to a short write-up in the LJ World.

But even in this short write-up, you can see the gap between where we are now and where we need to go. Hunting and fishing is mentioned as a subset of “agri-tourism.” That’s exactly the approach that’s not going to pay off in the long run.

For example, one of the reasons mentioned in changing the opening of quail season is the need to help the state’s “marketing plan.”

No one’s going to deny a need for hunting and angling to play a role in the state’s economy. But it’s our responsibility as hunters and anglers to treat the resource and our natural heritage with respect. That means that we first have to manage for the health of the habitat and the wildlife.

If wildlife management becomes shunted off into the corner marked “tourism” then we’ve started to treat the outdoors like a gold mine. And what do all gold mines have in common? Eventually they’re played out and they’re empty.

+ Dan @ 03:17pm


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