Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

One of the worst fights I ever got into as executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was over a proposal to add an additional nine holes to the historic golf course at Bastrop State Park near Austin, Texas. Th e old course had a loyal following of largely Hispanic golfers whose children had learned to play there, and...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xx

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Early in my career, after one of my young- person rants, an older and more experienced conservationist asked me, “Paul do you want to make a point or make progress?” Th e question became a driving motivator for me during three decades in conservation leadership....

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1. Green in Gridlock: Addressing the Stalemate

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pp. 11-14

Environmental conservation is not a conservative or liberal cause. It is certainly not a countercultural cause. It is everyone’s cause. It is an issue that is embraced by most humans, but one where essential progress has been hard to come by for decades....

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2. The Progress Point: The Source of Conservation Success

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pp. 15-26

Too often, it seems that many environmentalists would rather fight than win. Taking strong positions becomes more important than taking effective ones. We spend too much time talking to each other or, worse, fighting among ourselves on the finer but less relevant details of the solutions we propose. Not nearly enough time is spent...

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3. The Conservation of Hope: The Ozone Hole, Acid Rain, and Climate Change

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pp. 27-42

In both cases, it took ten years to do it. During the 1980s, people came together with persistence and determination and built major solutions to two of the most vexing environmental issues the world has ever known: control of chemicals that deplete stratospheric ozone and control of the pollutants that cause acid rain. These issues were resolved ...

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4. Population: The Fundamental Issue

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pp. 43-44

A man had a home by the river, and one day a flood came. As the water reached his porch, a rescue boat came by. “Get in,” the boatman yelled. “No,” said the homeowner, “I believe that God will protect me.” Hours later, the water was up to the second floor and the boat came back. Th e homeowner again refused a ride. “I have faith in the Lord,” he said. Finally, standing on his chimney, he faithfully ...

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5. Green and God: The Environment of Faith

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pp. 46-49

It is said that during the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s the right took God and the left took green. Fortunately, if that was ever true, it is changing. Today, many faiths have come together to support protection of the natural world, and some of the strongest advocates are also some of the most devoted....

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6. The Conservation of Business: Power for Change

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pp. 50-59

The voicemail message was cryptic, if not menacing. “My name is Herb Smith, and I have been looking into your background. I have learned some interesting things about you, and we need to talk.” As a somewhat public figure, executive director of Izaak Walton League of America, bizarre calls to my office were not that unusual. I ignored...

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7. The War in the Woods: Tough Love between Tree Huggers and Timber Beasts

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pp. 60-74

The fact that the environmentalists are pejoratively called “tree huggers” and the forest products employees are called “timber beasts” should be the first clue of the deep- seated, historic hostility between forest products businesses and some of the environmental community. For decades, the two warring factions have fought each ...

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8. Natural Allies: Environmentalists, Hunters and Anglers, and Rural Residents

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pp. 75-102

Support for conservation is widespread. For years, public opinion polls have shown that an overwhelming percentage of Americans favor sound conservation of natural resources and the environment. A 2012 national survey of voters conducted by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D)...

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9. The Minnesota Miracles: Real Success through Engagement

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pp. 103-113

An extraordinary example of the breakthrough progress that is possible when environmentalists, sportsmen, and rural residents work together comes from my home state of Minnesota. In 2008, after a ten-year grassroots citizen eff ort to gain the right to vote on it, Minnesotan citizens got a conservation funding measure on the ballot in ...

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10. Land Conservation: Messaging for Success

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pp. 114-120

The stunning success of the nation’s land trusts’ efforts at open space conservation, over the same period of time that environmental progress has ground to a halt, is a great example of the power of engagement and a positive “first steps” approach to conservation. If you look at the campaign materials for these land conservation initiatives,...

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11. Eating Their Own Young: The Nader Nadir

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pp. 121-127

Regardless of how you view the motivation, in outcome most radical environmentalism is eff ectively anti- environmental. It drives people away from an issue that is inherently in their best interests and that they are predisposed to support. People are yearning for a way to get their heads around conservation and ecology but don’t...

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12. Echoes from Dinosaur: The Perils of Compromise

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pp. 128-134

Down among the red rocks and greenery of the deep river canyon, the air was as clear and the colors as intense as I had ever seen. We had made it through the most challenging of the trip’s whitewater safely, and we were setting up in a beautiful riverside camp at least twenty-five miles from the nearest road. After huge and noisy...

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13. Seeing the Fiscal Forest through the Trees: Conservation Spending and the National Debt

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pp. 135-139

As with environmental sustainability, fiscal sustainability is also a neighborly vision that asks how we can live together without hurting each other today or stealing the future from our children. Our nation is on an unsustainable fiscal path, requiring the government ...

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14. Rules of Engagement: Making Collaboration Real

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pp. 140-146

Offering the nostrum that people should work together is a staple in conservation speeches, especially in the natural resources profession and most especially with government employees. Making it happen is never easy. Participation without an open mind almost assures failure. The greatest progress killers are bad-faith engagements....

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15. Infinite Harm: If We Fail

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pp. 147-151

Many of the earth’s most distinguished scientists are pessimistic that we humans have any long-term future at all. “Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use...

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16. The Ten Convenient Truths of Conservation Success

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pp. 152-160

In this book, I am not advocating for a diminishment in the level of environmental protection to which we aspire. I am advocating for an effi ciently protective and sustainable future. I want conservation success, and think the next generation needs to adopt a smarter and more inclusive way of reaching our goal of saving the planet. I...

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Additional Reading

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pp. 161-164

While most of this book is based on the author’s personal experiences, dustrialist: Profi ts, People, Purpose—Doing Business by Respecting the Collins, Jim. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Th ink-ing Is Not the Answer. Monograph. Boulder, Colo.: Jim Collins, 2005.Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. ...

Index

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pp. 165-174

Back Cover

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pp. BC-BC