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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


July 26, 2006

Doug Heiken

Restoration Coordinator, Oregon Natural Resources Council

Today’s Date: 7-26-06

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

Old-growth forests and wildflower meadows.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Yes, the woods and creek behind my house in Clackamas County, Oregon and the Crooked River Canyon in central Oregon. And the beaches of the Oregon Coast.

Now? Not currently. Too busy! (Must change that.)

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is, and why?

At any given time, my favorite animal is the one I mostly recently learned something fascinating about.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Population growth, climate change, native habitat destruction. Compounded by the fact that appropriate management of nature requires complex and adaptive mechanisms while our human minds and institutions tend to latch onto simple concepts that don't mesh well with nature.

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

1) Immerse yourself in far from equilibrium thermodynamics and complex dynamical systems science then apply that to what you already know about nature.
2) Don't forget that it's the uncharismatic microfauna that really make the world go 'round.

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