Choosing A Conservation Vocation or a Bureaucratic Career:
Personal Choices and the Environmental Consequences

Book by Richard (Dick) Kroger

Learn the hard facts of life about the pitfalls/challenges that conservation vocationists face when trying to overcome bureaucratic obstacles within natural resource management agencies. With this information and substantial on-the-job experience, they can overcome what colleges failed to teach them about societal pressures and human behavior, and learn to effectively protect our natural resources from actions initiated by self-serving bureaucratic careerists.

Trafford Publishing
Published: October, 2009
Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
Pages: 176
Size: 7x9
ISBN: 9781412070096

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This book was written specifically to explain why government conservation, environmental, and land management agencies do such a poor job of protecting and managing our public natural resources and how this malady can be cured. The author discusses the fundamental human differences between conservation vocationists and bureaucratic careerists and how their actions positively and negatively impact our natural resources, respectively. He explains how dedicated vocationists can be effective in protecting our natural resources from unnecessary degradation within government agencies and how they can counteract negative environmental actions taken by bureaucratic careerists, who always work to promote their own self-interests. The book also addresses how non-profit conservation groups and individual vocationists can become more successful in protecting our natural resources and preventing unnecessary environmental degradation caused by bureaucratic careerists within government agencies.

The author takes the reader through over 45 years of his life while working as a conservationist within four federal agencies, state government, numerous non-profit groups, and as a private citizen on the East Coast, West Coast, Inter-mountain West, and Midwest. He uses his professional and private observations, successes, and failures to demonstrate how current and future conservation vocationists can survive within government agencies while still effectively combating bureaucratic careerists and providing maximum protection for our natural resources.

Readers are provided guidance on how to become successful conservation vocationists by learning to understand the driving forces of human nature and how to effectively communicate and use finesse with key people to ensure proper management of our natural resources. Insight is given about various regular and unique employment opportunities, some of which are unconventional but would provide for maximizing natural resource protection during ones lifetime. He concludes by explaining what specific changes are necessary to make conservation and land management agencies more effective in protecting our natural resources.

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Richard (Dick) Kroger chose his life's work as a natural resource conservationist while in his mid-teens and he entered the Army immediately after graduating from high school in 1958 to save money as a paratrooper for future schooling. He worked his way through college and earned a B.S. degree from South Dakota State University in Wildlife in 1965 and a M.S. degree in Zoology/Fisheries from the University of Wyoming in 1967. Karen (his wife) and their three children spent the next seven years in coastal North Carolina where Dick worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He conducted research on the migrations and population dynamics of Atlantic and Gulf menhaden in sixteen states from Maine to Mexico and authored and co-authored 19 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. They then transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Sacramento where Dick assumed the duties of a "combat biologist" assigned to protect San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, and Central Valley of California from the impacts of wetland destruction and massive water diversions. It was during these five years spent working for a committed natural resource supervisor when Dick's life changed forever from being a self-serving bureaucratic careerist to that of a conservation vocationist dedicated to protecting our public natural resources.

They then followed a family dream to return to the Inter-mountain West when Dick took a reduction-in-grade and accepted a position in Worland, Wyoming. He pursued his conservation vocation within the bureaucratic careerist dominated Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for nearly 10 years. He, along with other committed conservationist, helped form a small group of BLM activists who convinced and finessed the Worland District managers to prepare forthright grazing Environmental Impact Statements and to become more active and effective in protecting their 3-million acres of public land natural resources. Dick and Karen then moved to Bismarck, North Dakota in 1988 where he assumed duties as the supervisory/lead biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service on the environmentally controversial Garrison Diversion Unit water development project.

In 1994, he and Karen retired and moved back onto her childhood family farm which straddles the Yellow Medicine River within the "Black Desert" of Southwest Minnesota. They converted the intensively cultivated and eroding, corn/soybean rotation farm into a perpetually protected 160-acre oasis of tallgrass prairie and improved wildlife habitat. From this home base, Dick pursued life as a volunteer conservation vocationist committed to cleaning up the Minnesota River which is the key to also improving the environmental quality-of-life for all inhabitants in the intensively farmed 11-million acre watershed. He actively worked within six non-profit conservation groups to protect our natural resources and is a dues paying member of over 25 others. In 2007, he and Karen moved back to Wyoming where he now works to protect the natural resources of this great state and to enjoy them while hunting, fishing, and hiking with his two sons and grand children. This book continues to represent a cog in the wheel of his life as a conservation vocationist.

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