Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday because it’s about gratitude- well and food, of course.

It’s also about turkeys.. and interestingly on October 28th of this year, the National Wild Turkey Federation signed a Master Stewardship Agreement with the Forest Service for 20 years. Check it out here.

I’m thankful for… Forest Service (and BLM all this goes for both):

Forest Service partners.

Forest Service employees. I’ll call out a few here. Human Resources folks who are trying to get fire folks their back pay, as well as everyone else their regular pay. And people working on hiring. Those who fill in for the work missed when fire folks are on fires. Employee Relations folks who help people work together and get out of sticky work situations. And Forest Service engineers who do all kinds of helpful things without much press coverage. And NEPA and planning people, of course.

Forest Service families. Especially fire families.

Producers of things we use. Wood, food, minerals, chemicals and energy. Who enable us to gather, eat, heat, and write, as well as run servers.

Journalists. Especially the ones who take time to dig into a situation and present both sides.

ENGO folks. They can help keep the FS on track and are partners, in perhaps a different sense.

Researchers and university types

Professional societies in natural resources, their employees and volunteers

The WordPress people and Cloud Nine Web Design.

And most of all, I am thankful for The Smokey Wire community. It’s not necessarily a popular thing these days to engage with people who disagree. So I appreciate those of you who share your thoughts and experiences and information, and those who engage in civil exchange of views.

So thank you all!

6 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!”

  1. Thank you, Sharon, for all you do here at Smokey Wire.

    Here’s one of my favorite “gratitude day” quotes:

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

    —Melody Beattie

  2. Absolutely! Thank you Sharon for all you do, may the best find you and your family for celebrating Thanksgiving….

    Happy Thanksgiving to all “us’n” 😜 readers and contributors too!

  3. Thanks, Sharon, for exemplifying how to live a meaningful life in retirement.

    And for showing the Forest Service how to operate a news and information site that actually works. For example, when I tried to find the FS’s news release on the Turkey Agreement, here’s what popped up:


    You don’t have permission to access /news/releases/usda-forest-service-signs-50-million-agreement-national-wild-turkey on this server.

    Same result for all the FS’s news releases! 🤣

  4. Sharon thank you for hosting this fine forum, and thank you to all the diverse contributors of comments. Happy thanksgiving everyone!


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