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Founding Fathers' Visions of Land and Stewardship Play Out Today

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Arguments over how we use and protect the environment - whether about local burn barrels or Midwest power plants - are part of our everyday conversations. They are rarely settled. Even after policy is made to set the balance between use and protection, the disputes linger. We simply don't all weigh private rights and community rights in the same way. Dr. Frank Kalinowski believes there's good reason for this lack of consensus. Kalinowski teaches environment and politics at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He traces our conflicting values directly back to the Founding Fathers' visions of use and protection of the land. They considered the same issues. And THEY weren't in agreement, either. He told Martha Foley he's hoping his look back will help reconcile differences now.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

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