For nearly 50 years now, my husband, Sterling, and I have been actively involved with natural resources management. He is a wildlife biologist; I am a biometrician (mathematics as applied to biological problems). Over the span of our careers, we have come to understand that sound natural resource management is really predicated on two things: 1) good science focused on both the natural systems as well as the human systems dependent on them; and 2) good public policy that incorporates those scientific findings.
Tremendous progress has been made on the science of natural systems during the last 50 years. Computers and advances in instrumentation have opened our understanding of the interconnections between biological organisms. Great progress has also been made on the science of what we call the “human dimensions of natural resource management,” which includes the study of how humans relate and utilize natural systems, such disciplines as economics, demographics, and social science.
However, the political arena surrounding natural resource management has never been more contentious, while at the same time the stakes for mismanaging our shared world have never been so high. My hope is that during the month of April, as we celebrate Earth Day, we will make every attempt to begin a new dialogue about the environment and the challenges we face as our earth struggles to adapt to the overpowering impacts of Homo sapiens. Our future—indeed, that of all life on earth—depends on our being able to adjust our ways to accommodate nature’s inherent limitations.
I am so grateful to be part of the DaysAtDunrovin community where we can talk of difficult issues within a respectful community that values science, nature, and humanity. I look forward to learning more together about how we can be a force for good for Mother Earth.
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