Writing from the heart when you’re speaking for a government agency may seem to a lot of people like an impossibility. In fact, some people have told me that my first few blog entries for the Missouri Department of Conservation seemed canned, formal…distant. I guess you’d have to say that this is a new kind of language. How does a state agency speak like a person? We should be able to do it. Because we’re not an “it,” we’re a lot of people who are working to make good things happen in our/your short lives.
The thing that most impressed me when I started working here 23 years ago was the generosity of spirit, the love of the outdoors, the desire to support a healthy natural world that was behind everything people did…and do. The challenge is that our state, any state, is made up of a lot of different people who care about many different things. And the more urbanized we become, the harder it is to keep any connection with nature, wildlife, the outdoors—the things we’re challenged to help.
Missouri is a great mix of urban/rural, agricultural/service/industrial living. How do we blend all our interests and concerns for income, recreation, relaxation and healthy places to live? That’s the real challenge. The people I work with believe that through honest and open discussion, and an understanding based on good research of what’s really happening with our animals and plants and people’s desires, that we can come up with decent and doable solutions.
This is a blog for a state agency that is supposed to help Missourians keep a quality of healthy animal and plant life solidly in the background of their daily lives. We’re often not the hot news. As I’ve heard people say, “If you’re doing something wrong, then we’d hear about you, but if you’re doing it right, you won’t make the news.” But there’s a lot going on in the quiet lives we lead. And I hope you’ll check back now and then to see if we have something to offer that’s of value to you.