We have all heard the saying www.confedmo.orgthat "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." For the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the prospect of failing to preserve Missouri's outdoor heritage is unacceptable. That's why the state's biggest citizen conservation group (representing 80,000 individuals at last count) has called a Summit on the Future of Missouri Outdoors.
Over the next two days, the state's leading citizen and government conservation leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities facing the state's wild and natural resources and the myriad recreational activities that depend on them. Summit participants will develop a prioriitized list of actions necessary to ensure the future of everything from camping, hiking and nature photography to hunting, fishing and trapping.
Gov. Jay Nixon will kick off the gathering with an address about the importance of Missouri outdoors. Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, professor of social ecology at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will deliver the keynote address on the subject "What need is there for outdoor experience in the lives of 21st century Americans."
The Conservation Federation hopes the summit will provide a strategic vision to guide its long-term efforts.
If you are not familiar with the Conservation Federation, it is the organization that secured voter approval in 1936 for establishing the Missouri Department of Conservation. Show-Me State programs that have become international conservation models all trace back to the Federation's enduring vision.
For more information about the summit and the Conservation Federation, visit www.confedmo.org.
By: Jim Low