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     Conservation, nature & smart growth quotes in no particular order
One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the SPRING.
~Aldo Leopold
Show me a healthy community with a healthy economy and I will show you a community that has its green infrastructure in order and understands the relationship between the built and the unbuilt environment.  
~Will Rogers, Trust for Public Land
Aerial view of Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax to the north, PWC to the south.We could have saved the Earth, but we were too damned cheap.
~Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Savvy states and communities are starting to think about green space in a more thoughtful and systematic way. They realize that green infrastructure is not a frill—it is smart conservation for the twenty-first century.
~ Mark A. Benedict and Edward T.McMahon, Conservation Fund
Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure.
~ E. Donnall Thomas
High-tech employers recognize that we will only be as successful as the employees that we attract. When it comes to transportation, environmental, housing and land use decisions, we don't view investments as tax and spend, but rather as invest and prosper.
~Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
Carol Bishop Hipps
The future economic success of Silicon Valley will be contingent on whether we have a good quality of life. World-class workers will only want to come to a world-class living environment.
~Carl Guardino,
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
Eastern BluebirdThe image of a community is fundamentally important to its economic well-being. If all places look alike, there's no reason to go anywhere.
~Ed McMahon, Conservation Fund
In the name of the bee
And of the butterfly
And of the breeze, amen!
~Emily Dickinson
The Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group strongly supports green-line policies, because the only way to attract top level employees and their families is to protect the region's open space and environment. We want to build a community that is demonstrates smart growth rather than a model for L.A.-type growth.
~Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
~Lucy Larcom
Communities must plan for a variety of uses and income levels. Why do we care about housing as high-tech employers? If teachers, firefighters, peace officers, retail or restau- rant workers can't live here, then we're going to fail.
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley
Least SkippersBeautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine. 
~Jeffrey Glassberg
The best places to live, work, and visit are those places that are willing to uphold their standards in the face of pressure to allow lowest common denominator development… Successful communities understand that when they say no to development that is contrary to the long-term health of their community, they will almost always get better development in its place.
~Ed McMahon, Conservation Fund
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success.
~Henry Ford
God Bless America. Let's save some of it.
~Edward Abbey
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~Proverb There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.
~Theodore Roosevelt
I have my own views about Nature's methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his opinions upon the Milky Way.
~Sherlock Holmes
Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
~Theodore Roosevelt
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~John Muir
While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.
~Barry Goldwater
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
~Andy Warhol
SkipperWe abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
~Aldo Leopold
So bleak is the picture... that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century.
~Philip Shabecoff
Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
~Rene Dubos
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. 
~Richard P. Feynman
Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature?  Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window?  When the only wild animal he knows is a rat - glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum?  When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning? 
~Frank N. Ikard
  Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
~Dr. Seuss