This Land Goes on Forever

Land Trust: To Grow our Children in Good Earth

A few of you will remember that, a couple of months ago, I was tasked with “telling from a child’s point of view why land conservation is so important.”

My friends a Wordsprint laid out the piece in an imaginative fashion that was complementary to the subject matter, and it is the featured article in this Land Trust newsletter.

Click this link to read it at Scribd.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Wow. That’s really touching, Fred. I hope there are lots of girls and boys who can stop playing with their electronic gadgets and appreciate the natural world around themselves, for a change. Every time my nephew comes to visit, he is so scared by the golden orb spiders that he won’t go into the woods. The last time my niece visited, she never took her eyes off the gadget she held in her hands. Sigh….