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Conservation in the long view

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Nothing is automatically good, or bad. That certainly applies to acquisition of private land by government for conservation purposes. Knee-jerk reaction and prejudice may guide our judgment. Short, narrow views can dominate. The long-term impacts are lost or not considered at all, and that is a mistake.

There is hope that everyone can move beyond a narrow and conflict-driven conversation over Fish and Wildlife land acquisitions in Okanogan County. Many residents and the county government for years have been suspicious…

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