Government Presence (Georgine Wessel, Private Landowner)
Georgine Wessel is a landowner in a working landscape. She shares her opinions on ownership, government, and stewardship issues.
Transcript: Government Presence
I think as far as intimidation is concerned with being a landowner and dealing with the choices that we have with governmental programs -- talking with the individuals that you're going to be working with within that system makes a big difference. I've found our working with the governmental agency to be a lot different than what I perceived it to be through reading and also from other people. I found it to be much more of a working relationship rather than as regimented as I thought it was going to be. And I explained that some of the goals that we had as landowners and part of that was dealing with bluebirds and wanting to continue the bluebird trail that we had and the fact that there was going to be a lot of tall grasses and it was important for them (bluebirds) to have some shorter vegetation. And in working with the agency, they agreed that that would be fine to do some mowing and we recorded it and they recorded it and we were allowed to do that. As long as we kept our line of communication open, it worked very well.