Monday, February 16, 2009

Partnership - Enviros and Hunters

In Vermont we have the VT Wildlife Partnership...

George Bush united sportsmen, enviros: Bob Marshall column

Posted by Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune February 08, 2009 9:02AM

Categories: Bob Marshall

Optimists like to say every cloud has a silver lining. Well, looking back on the environmental record of the Bush Administration, I don't see one.

I see two.

Silver Lining No. 1

As President Bush left office last month, sportsmen's conservation groups and mainstream environmental organizations agreed they had just survived one of the worst assaults on fish and wildlife habitat in memory.

That's the silver lining.

Not the attacks on the environment. Rather, the fact that the hook-and-bullet crowd and the tree huggers agreed on something.

And that's just the beginning of the story.


  1. I've been saying it for years,

    We the hunting and shooting sportsmen, have more in common with environmentalists, than we do differences. It is the vocal minority in the fringe environmental groups that are opposed to us.

    Albert A Rasch
    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
    Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit
    Southeast Regional OBS Coordinator

  2. Sometimes in our own movement I sense the same kind of self-sabotage. It takes place in many ways and on many levels, but the essential is always the same: being the outsider seems preferable to being the one in charge. After all, the one in charge is accountable; the outsider possesses the right to complain without consequence.

    Perhaps we should consider the possibility that we, collectively, fear success.

    There are endless ways that we do this, beginning with isolating ourselves within our own particular passion, associating only with ‘birds of a feather’, and in many ways denying there are other legitimate points of view with which we might negotiate; minds to be changed by direct interaction.

    Perhaps I’m wrong on this, though I doubt it. Talking this issue through, however, would be a solution in and of itself.

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