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As a park ranger, Chad Graeve educates the public on working landscapes every day. Hear his take on maintaining working landscapes such as the Loess Hills.


Transcript for Sense of Place

I think back to a time when I was studying biology in college and learned about how complex the system is. And it struck me that this system, the biological world that we live in, is probably beyond the realm of our understanding. And it strikes you that it's something more powerful than just the human element on its own. And we need to find a way to live within this world. And, at the same time, I was working out here as a summer intern and I just kind of developed this strong affinity for the place and I began to develop a sense of place. I feel like I've set roots here in the Loess Hills. It's a very special landscape. It's a special culture here and I just feel very much at home here. And I want to do what I can to make it a healthy home in terms of the biological realm and also in terms of the human culture. And I think that those can cohabitate and have something that's really healthy and really exciting.