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Q&A with Bruce Kidman

Director of External Affairs

"I'm lucky to work with a bright team that is dedicated to the Conservancy's pragmatic and collaborative approach."

nature.org: Why are you a conservationist?
Kidman: Nature's incredible system of checks and balances provides all living things opportunities to prosper and evolve while also setting limits so that none should destroy their habitat. We must remember that opportunities to use our natural resources are essential to life, but there are limits and those limits are for our own good.

nature.org: How does your work advance the Conservancy's mission?
Kidman: We work with many folks who are passionate about what they do in life-certainly our conservation partners, but also state workers, farmers, sportsmen, foresters, fishermen, legislators and businesspeople. I work to bring these stakeholders together to find common purposes.

nature.org: What's the best part of your job?
Kidman: Few get to work in an organization that truly values integrity, expresses its appreciation for work well done and carries the respect of people across the political spectrum. I'm lucky to work with a bright team that is dedicated to the Conservancy's pragmatic and collaborative approach.

nature.org: Who has inspired you as a conservationist?
Kidman: I'm moved by the generosity of our donors in Maine who give as they can, believe in our mission and trust us to carry that mission forward. I am also inspired when I see Maine citizens stand before a legislative committee and express their core personal beliefs. That takes guts.

nature.org: Where do you find hope?
I find hope in my children: One works to find the best ways to serve AIDS orphans in Africa, the other finds ways to capture greenhouse gases. They are ofa generation that seems to understand the magnitude of the challenges we face, yet they go about their work as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Maybe it is.

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