I think most successful partnerships, particularly those within the joint venture community, adapt and change over time. In such a dynamic, partners work together with incredible ingenuity and commitment to accomplish something greater than themselves or any one organization. They think beyond today, next month, or even 10 years from now since the world around them changes as it has done from the beginning of time.
The people, agencies, and organizations who participate in the PPJV partnership certainly have the mind-set and approach as described above. Additionally, they show a strong preponderance for applying multiple approaches to conservation – they look beyond one approach, one perspective, or one generation. Historically, perhaps still today in some circles, when people speak about the prairies or the PPJV for that matter, they often mention wetlands, grasslands, and waterfowl. Over time, the message and focus of efforts have evolved to include for example grassland birds, pollinators, pheasants, and “ecosystem services.” The PPJV recognizes we must evolve, adapt, and deploy an array of actions to be relevant in a new day.
The articles in this edition of the newsletter shed light on how our partners are innovatively approaching conservation and engaging the next generation. In fact, as you read through the articles, you will most likely be exposed to a new word – describing the economic impact of pheasants, quality habitat, and hunter access in some South Dakota cities – “Pheasanomics.” You will also experience the emotional impact of the opportunity for a youngster to go duck hunting for the first time – see the faces in the photo associated with the youth waterfowl hunting article. Also, take the time to watch the very short video about “Our Amazing Grasslands” so you can further appreciate how invaluable conservation easements are to interested landowners in the prairies, not only for conservation, but for the next generation.
To close out this edition of the “Coordinator’s Corner,” I decided to do something entirely different and unrelated (perhaps) to the stories in this edition of the newsletter. I’m not aware of editorial “rules” on what I can include, so I’m leaving you with the following quote from Earl Nightingale:
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.