ideology

I'm a nature fan-boy, and I know it. It's not hard to get to start gushing, to loose all control of my enthusiasms. To the point of being tiresome, in fact. I've seen that glazed look in my friends' eyes, watch my co-workers suddenly remember urgent tasks that require immediate attention. It's fine.

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Young Conservation Area is a good place to think about land management. The whole of the Ozarks--the whole of the United States, in fact--is owned by someone, even if that someone is a government agency. And those owners all have agendas of one kind or another. Sometimes, especially if they're like the Missouri Department of Conservation or the U.S. Forest Service, they have multiple goals on their agendas, and those goals get worked out differently in the different parcels owned by the agency.

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