Soil & Water Conservation

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” 
-BABA DIOUM, Senegalese conservationist, 1937.

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” 
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thirty-second U.S. President (1933-45), 1882-1945 

“Among the most beautiful environments of the Flint Hills are the springs and headwater streams that are part of and help to carve the landscape... Meandering through the vast sea of grass, hundreds of free-flowing ribbons of water might go unnoticed as we speed along the highway... However, these spring-fed creeks are unique prairie environments that provide serene and secure refuges for extraordinary flora and fauna.”
-David Edds, Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal (2012) page 109

“The entire country being covered with a heavy growth of bluestem grass, there was very little dirt washed into the streams.” 
-E. T. Wickersham writing of days before much of the prairie was plowed (quoted in Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal (2012) page 109

“Conservation means harmony between men and land. When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation. When one or the other grows poorer, we do not.”
-Aldo Leopold, U.S. conservationist, 1887-1948

“A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his signature on the face of his land.”
-Aldo Leopold, U.S. conservationist, 1887-1948

“The underlying principle of conservation has been described as the application of common sense to common problems for the common good.” 
-Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-sixth U.S. President (1901-09), 1858-1919

“The key to intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts.” 
-Aldo Leopold, U.S. conservationist, 1887-1948