There was a time when we thought of preservation and conservation as being in opposition to fulfilling our economic destiny in the West. We believed that any limitation or regulation hampered our potential. Today we are increasingly recognizing that our future is intimately tied to our stewardship of both our private and public lands.
The concept that our financial wellbeing is tied to high quality stewardship was a lesson I learned early in agriculture. We must always think of sustainability, not only in the short term but in the long term. The land and water are our livelihood. This has become true for so much of District 3. We are seeing the rise of a recreational-use economy that is beginning to provide economic stability to communities that were historically at the whim of the boom and bust cycles of the extractive industries. Maintaining and enhancing our public lands, and helping agricultural producers to preserve and enhance their farms and ranches all contribute to creating a sustainable and multifaceted economy that can provide jobs, security, and prosperity to everyone, now and in the future.