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Words from the President

Wow, a lot has happened since I last wrote my "words" for the fall equinox (and I'm not just talking about the fall migration). Projects have been started and completed, crops collected from the fields, new relationships and plans made, new facilities finished and occupied, some PRI staff have left while others have arrived, the birds did actually migrate, and then of course, there was the election. Again, wow. If nothing else it just proves that it is hard to be certain of everything (or maybe even most things).

So now that the dust is settling there are a few things that I would like you to know about PRI. First, the world is and always has been full of change. In fact, adaptation to change is the very most important survival trait that any species can have. This is also true for an organization like PRI. We need to be constantly evaluating the environment around us and making adjustments to survive.

Our current challenges include low seed supplies, time, equipment, and personnel to get everything done, a dwindling regional and global resource base, divided environmental priorities (politics), a general lack of understanding and urgency, and a shortage of capital. Whew, what else could there be? Each one of these topics could be and probably should be a separate discussion, but not here today in these "words". These are complex issues that need more space and time than we have. What you need to know is that we are working hard every day to grapple with the challenges, develop solutions and implement strategies that will help to solve these problems and make it easier to establish and maintain as much natural diversity as we possibly can.

They say you need to keep your eye on the ball. Well that's what we intend to do, regardless of who lives on Pennsylvania Ave. Politics can be upsetting if you believe that the efforts of those in control will jeopardize the things you KNOW are so critically important for the common good. At PRI we will only be more energized to work hard for the cause of restoration and native plant preservation and we know that there are thousands of others who will do the same. The energy of that critical mass and all of those who will follow is certain to prevail and it is my sincere hope that similar energies will ensure positive outcomes for all that is fair and right in this time of challenging uncertainty. Be confident and strong with what is so very right.

Enjoy the holiday,

Ron Bowen.

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