Mothers sit and laugh together, shaded by newly planted trees. They look on while their children play and explore in dirt and grass at the new Outdoor Nature Explore Classroom of Warren Village in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend tradition has long included the unofficial kick-off to ski season and a time when families head out to find their Christmas tree, and many times those events involve a trip to U.S. Forest Service lands.
Discussions about longleaf pine restoration tend to focus on replanting trees and using prescribed fire, but ecosystem restoration also involves bringing back the groundcover that makes longleaf pine forests some of the richest plant communities on Earth.
Thanks for that introduction. It’s a real pleasure to be here!
These are tough economic times, yet the challenges facing America’s forests and wildlife are as great as they’ve ever been. To meet the challenges, we need to do things differently, to think outside the box, to figure out where our goals might come together so we can leverage our mutual resources.
A great example of where we are already doing that is our partnership with you—the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Welcome! It’s a pleasure to be here. Given the scope and the scale of the forest-related challenges across our continent, I think more bilateral efforts like this are needed. So I welcome this opportunity, and I thank you for joining this dialogue.