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Ames Forester

Abstract

Before I begin, I'd like to say to you that speaking in my home state always makes me a bit apprehensive. I have made many speeches in my career. There have been speeches forthe Park Service, for different groups, public and private, and as you imagine, even speeches preparatory to and introducing Presidents. But when I return home, I feel like I'm once more a young girl from Iowa who left the State, made good in an environmental profession, never forgetting the humble and grassroots origin from which I came. Perhaps that had more than a little to do with my selection of the environment as my desired choice of profession.

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