The Land Connection
Wednesday Jan 1, 2014
We live in a fast paced world with instant gratification just one click away. The next generation of decision-makers is primarily growing up indoors surrounded by technology. We are losing that pivotal connection to the land that is desperately needed in ensuring that future generations have a certain land ethic and conservation-oriented mindset.
Buying land is an investment that continually replenishes itself. Land never depreciates and it gives you the privilege of growing with the land, learning from the land, and managing the land for the future. In many ways, investing in land is an important link to our pioneering past that offers the key to future conservation success. Those that came before us learned to work the ground and grow food, they learned the nuances of taking game and fish, and they learned to live off the land. Being connected to a piece of land and making your own decisions in how to allocate the resources of the land is like an ongoing ancestral pursuit that results in cultural continuity and a respect for how we got here. I think someone who doesn’t find some inherent bond with the land is responsible for fostering a general un-appreciativeness for what the land provides and is contributing to the ever increasing contingent of people who have a removed perspective from food production and the outdoor lifestyle and are collectively responsible for the degradation and lack of support for our land resources. We reach certain pinnacles throughout time that call for the need to once again measure ourselves against ancient standards so that we don’t lose touch with the past and stray too far away from the basic tenets of balancing economic needs with ecological values.
Amidst the chaos that is everyday life for most of us, it is rare to be participating in an activity that allows your mind and conscious thoughts to be right there with your physical body. Having your own piece of land can allow you and your family to accomplish that on a regular basis. Whatever it is that makes you get up in the morning, whether it be a long day working ground in one of your fields, sitting in your stand above a heavily used game trail, or looking for some top water action on the lake at the first sign of light. Participating in an activity that allows your modern disposition to give way to primal instinct, and to be a part of something that goes far beyond one individual is a healthy endeavor. That is the outdoor lifestyle. That is a deep appreciation for the land resource. That is Legacy Land.
By Brett Burkart
Land Specialist/Broker – Central Illinois