At the beginning of the 20th Century, President Theodore Roosevelt added another element to America's world leadership - conservation. For Roosevelt, conservation meant wise use and careful preservation of our nation's natural resources for the greatest good for the greatest number over the greatest period of time. As Roosevelt said, "I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."
As Governor of Georgia, I will be guided by Teddy Roosevelt's conservation principles. I will do my level best to put Georgia on the map as a national leader in responsible, sustainable management of our natural resources.
What are some of the steps we can take to make Georgia a conservation leader?
*Involve all stakeholders in the development of a shared vision of farm and natural resource conservation.
*Work with civic groups and private and governmental partners to reduce the loss of prime forest and farmland.
*Support and improve our state parks, trail systems and wildlife management areas.
*Build awareness among Georgia's youth of the importance of our State's natural resources and public lands.
*Sustain Georgia's farm and natural resource productivity and ability to satisfy consumer needs and provide future jobs.
*Improve markets for natural resource-based tourism, agricultural products, local foods, and wood products, including bio-energy.
We must realize that conservation is not a partisan idea or issue; it is a principle that serves all citizens.
*Conservation has meaning for Georgians who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and other outdoor recreation.
*Conservation is important to our watersheds and rivers; our parks and other open spaces--all of which are vital for the health of our citizens and the sustainability of local economies.
*Conserving a system of working and natural rural lands keeps our taxes low and helps to maintain the legacy of our rural heritage.
Let's come together for responsible conservation to ensure that Georgia is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise our families. Let's pass on to our children a Georgia that is in better order than we found it.