Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wildlife summit was good first step

As an Idahoan who does not hunt or fish but one who cares deeply about Idaho’s land and wildlife, I attended the Idaho Wildlife Summit at the end of August. Virgil Moore, director of Idaho Fish and Game, his staff and the commissioners really put on a terrific event. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from a great diversity of folks.

Shane Mahoney, (a video of his talk can be found at an international conservationist and hunter, spoke about the critical and urgent need to protect Idaho’s wildlife diversity, including non-game animals.

Conservation was a common theme to all of the speakers, and while the department is charged with managing all wildlife, the majority of funding comes from hunting and fishing licenses. It is a dilemma that will need attention in the future. The message could not be clearer that conservation may be the most important consideration of all and we will all need to share in its support.

I dream of a future in which Idahoans of all ages learn to know the plants and animals that make up the communities of their bio-regions. I believe that partnerships between land and wildlife managers and conservationists will make it possible to grow conservation education programs with the ultimate goal of conserving the natural world.

Many thanks to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for giving Idahoans the opportunity to share our views on Idaho’s wildlife!

Christine Gertschen

Sun Valley

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