I think I was a conservationist almost from birth. When I was 5 years old we lived with my grandparents in very rural Alabama for a year or so while Dad was overseas fighting in Korea. During that time I roamed the woods, “cricks”,”hollers” and pastures very freely. I felt a deep bond and appreciation for those wild places even at such a young age. My husband and I moved to Ivins in Southern Utah in 1977 to be closer to family and because we liked the area. There has been tremendous growth in Southern Utah since we moved here. My goal in working with Conserve Southwest Utah is to help preserve the beauty, open spaces and quality of life that we enjoy in this beautiful area.