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As someone who has been involved with Natural Resource Conservation since the 1970s and has been an employee of the US Environmental Protection Agency (water pollution biologist), USDA Soil Conservation Service (soil conservationist), and USDA Forest Service (soil and water specialist), I would like to point out that the science behind Natural Resource Conservation is still evolving and due to the complexities introduced by climate change worldwide, there are many areas that we don't understand and we will need to develop and adapt new strategies in order to protect our soil, water, and plant resources in the coming years.

For this reason I do not support a measure that, even though well-intended, will lock resource managers into policies that will limit their ability to respond to changing conditions that may seriously negatively affect our soil, plant, and water resources in ways we have not yet anticipated or studied.

I do not believe that this is a wise use of the initiative process. If passed, there will be limited effective ways for our resource professionals to manage for or adjust for Measure C's mistakes.

I will vote no on Measure C.

Paul Skinner

Ph.D. Soil Science, University of California, Davis

MSc, Agronomy, Colorado State University

BSc, Water Resource Management/ Limnology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Peace Corps, Nicaragua

International Project Experience: China, Poland, Uganda

St. Helena

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