Opening Remarks at GYC Meeting

Doug Chadwick has been spotted signing copies of the The Wolverine Way at a table in the south corner of the main meeting room!

Across the breakfast table, I met a lady who says she saw a wolverine in Colorado 20 years ago. This goes further towards proving my hypothesis that everyone (or probably about 30% of the population, anyway….) has a wolverine story.

Opening remarks are under way, with a framing of the issues beginning with a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark as a metaphor for the need to protect wildlife. Since the book of Genesis has so frequently been used to justify rampant exploitation of natural resources, it’s wonderful to hear a different take on the relationships among humans, nature, and the divine – namely, that we need to take responsibility for protecting the species that God (or evolution) put so much work into creating.

(As an aside, I’m finding it difficult to compose and listen at the same time. This is harder than I thought.)

GYC director Mike Clark is speaking about the history of GYC, about concerns over wolves and grizzlies that gave rise to the organization 28 years ago. He’s summarizing some of the successes of the organization over the years, including the increase in grizzly population, and regulations that have led to fewer, cleaner snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. He’s spoke briefly about a new initiative to protect the eastern front of Yellowstone, the Absaroke-Beartooth region, and is now talking about climate change issues, which he says are now the central and defining focus of the GYC’s work. It would be great to have a large organization taking leadership on organizing the conservation advocacy community on a coherent strategy to address climate change, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about this focus.

Dr. Charlie’s Love’s presentation on glaciers is next!

(By the way, I just realized that for those of you who are subscribed to this blog, a whole pile of posts in your inbox might not be welcome. I apologize if it’s an inconvenience. Feel free to delete at will.)

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5 thoughts on “Opening Remarks at GYC Meeting

    • No one who is on the board or staff of TWF is here, but folks more broadly associated with the organization are. Thanks for reading and if you have any other questions, let me know!

  1. I loved attending and presenting at this conference when I lived in Jackson. Very invigorating and inspiring for sure. Thanks for keeping me in the loop…even though I am all the way up here in Alaska!

    In your last post you stated: “it’s wonderful to hear a different take on the relationships among humans, nature, and the divine – namely, that we need to take responsibility for protecting the species that God (or evolution) put so much work into creating.” I couldn’t agree more completely. Though instead of “God (or evolution)” I prefer “God through evolution.” For me it is impossible to separate the two…they work as one to create spirit, diversity and beauty….the essence of living which is definitely worth preserving.

    • Thanks, Nate. For people of faith who are also people of science, I think your summary works well – I’ll make a slight change to the post to accommodate this view.

      For people of faith who are opposed to acknowledging evolution, I like to make the case that one still has a theological responsibility to love and care for something that you consider the work of God. Otherwise it’s like saying you’re a big fan of Picasso, but then firebombing MOMA. Makes no sense at all to me…

      Thanks for reading, and hope that you’ll make it back down here sometime soon.

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