My focus, obviously is on the necessity of improving the natural diversity of our remaining forested lands. With the loss of over half of our original forested acres, the management of our remaining forests is critical. The opportunity to partner with Montcalm Community College has opened a door that Iris and I are excited about. This spring, the program plans are to reach out to public school teachers and introduce them to a new approach to environmental education for our schools. Our plan is to provide information to the teachers to develop an understanding of the changes being suggested. We believe that starting with the elementary and intermediate youth offers the best chance to encourage a new approach to understanding nature. Our youth, at this age, are eager and excited to consider non-traditional processes. Interestingly, our new approach suggests that traditional modern day processes are failing us however, the solution will be found in reaching even further back to the "Traditional Knowledge's" of our indigenous people for the secrets of understanding our natural surroundings. Together, we can provide a better future for human life on this planet.
The next time we communicate, we will share some of the exciting contacts, connections and experiences we encountered this winter in New Mexico. We are extremely pleased with the growing support of our ideas and efforts.