Part of the inspiration for Larry Saves the Prairie came from my vision of a future in which wildlife habitat conservation is a priority, not an afterthought. I seek to live in a world in which abundant wildlife habitat, healthy economies and healthy cultures are mutual and complementary priorities. So, to that end, through the use of my writing, I seek to motivate people to take pride in their unique local wildlife and its habitat, encourage wildlife-friendly business practices and create other transformational, win-win solutions to wildlife conservation challenges. I recognize that most threats to wildlife emanate from human social and economic activities, and thus from human action will come solutions to those threats. Therefore, I envision a movement by wildlife management agencies – as well as concerned individuals – to move the theory and practice of wildlife conservation from a focus on targeted species conservation and wildlife utilitarianism, to ecosystem conservation, integrity and connectivity.
To accomplish this, I will continue to write children’s books in the short term that focus on the ethical, moral and philosophical underpinnings of habitat conservation. In the long term, I hope to see my writing morph into a social/cultural/economic and political initiative that will facilitate an initial, and thereafter, an annual gathering of business (especially energy & agriculture), NGO, educational, religious, sportsmen/women, government agency and political leaders to create and implement innovative social marketing projects that provide solutions to the the American west’s (eventually the nation’s and world’s) most pressing wildlife conservation challenges. The initiative will not directly implement the projects, but will facilitate action by helping participants (members?) connect, collaborate and make measurable ACs (Action Commitments). The attendees will wear no labels, and to the extent possible, remain anonymous. In between conferences, the initiative will serve as a think tank, clearinghouse and catalyst that keep ACs moving forward through outreach, dialogue facilitation, providing partnering opportunities, monitoring progress and publicizing actions and results.
While I have faith that a new human perspective concerning wildlife conservation is possible, I am reminded of scripture that admonishes faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17). With a rich history of an ecumenical spiritual and philosophical justification of protecting the natural world, I move forward confidently