Dear friends who work in land conservation and stewardship,

Hours have been spent by hundreds of people trying to define land stewardship.

I have an idea. What if we thought about it like this:

Land stewardship is a relative term. It looks different in different places. It is something that we can’t define too narrowly.

Generally it’s what we do to prevent the destruction of land (what we’re working against) and promote ecological function (what we’re working for). And we engage people in doing this work because for millennia people have been land stewards and we shouldn’t stop now. 

What do you think? Does that work for you? Let’s try it out.

Happy Summer,


PS: Instead of telling you the book I’m reading, or just read, here’s the book I’m going to read soon. After I make my way through The Overstory by Richard Powers.