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!