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It's the season of giving back and giving thanks.  Writer Jill Wells talks to John Ragsdale, a volunteer and member from Lincoln about what motivates him to be part of The Nature Conservancy.


Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?


I share The Nature Conservancy’s belief that efforts to preserve and conserve nature require positive, results-oriented actions and non-confrontational, pragmatic approaches work best. In particular, I value the Conservancy’s appreciation of the fact that stakeholders do not generally act against their economic self-interest, conservation successes involve the cooperation of and collaboration with those stakeholders and overcoming threats to nature often requires control, if not ownership, of the resource threatened.


What are some of your favorite places in nature?


Rocky Mountain National Park and the Great Sand Dunes National Park are favorites. In Nebraska, it's the Niobrara Valley Preserve and the Sandhills.


Tell me about your favorite memory or experience in nature.


Two come to mind: the arrival of sandhills cranes at the Platte River for overnight roosting, and prairie chicken and sharp-tail grouse booming on leks. Both left me in awe.


What is your holiday wish for nature?


That more people experience nature’s beauty and thereby develop an awareness and understanding of why preservation of nature is imperative.

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