Two days ago my brother snapped this pic of the Missouri River near Nebraska City through the bug splats. Many call this a natural disaster. It's not. It's simply nature doing what it does. The disaster is how we live with it, and manage it.
This flood will impact the area for years to come with a massive loss to property, wildlife, and habitat. Which is why the "hunting is conservation" discussion needs to include what game conservation means beyond the mountains and foothills.
Many of us grew up hunting in the midwest in a time when habitat was plentiful. Shelterbelts, contour farming, and a wealth of wetlands were built and maintained at the family farm level. They slowed wind events and acted as sponges to lessen the effects of serious water events. They also acted as homes and highways for wildlife.
Over the years, the fervor to get every last bean and kernel of corn out of an acre has resulted in many of those contoured hills being bulldozed into the valleys, shelterbelts being cut down, and wetlands drained. With it, a lot of windbreak and flood absorption went away and wildlife cover and habitat vanished.
We're putting too many of our eggs in the levees-and-dams basket and forgetting lessons learned about using what nature provides. We won't save land, game, or habitat, trying to out-engineer nature. We need to partner with it.
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