Posts by Jerimiah Oetting

by Jerimiah Oetting | Posted Monday, August 19, 2013

Conservation Begins Here — at a Ford F350 XL Super Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine, manual transmission, and a patina of fine Idaho dust coating everything inside and out.

Jerimiah Oetting

SCA Idaho Americorps

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  • Position Title
    SCA Corps Member
  • Field Site Name
    SCA Idaho Americorps
  • Hometown
    St. Cloud, MN
  • School
    University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Major
    Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
  • Dream Job
    Science/Nature writer/photographer
  • If I could pass a law…
    I probably wouldn’t — we have plenty of laws already, and many of them could use some work.
  • The person who inspires me post is…
    Marie Colvin.…
  • If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
    Danny Devito. Just for a while.
  • Most memorable outdoor moment
    The first time I climbed Mt. Siyeh, pictured below, was also my first time in the mountains of Glacier Park, an experience that changed the course of my life forever. Glacier saved me from a bleak future of chair-sittin’ and screen-starin’.
  • Favorite Song
    Blue River – Rick Danko
  • Motto
    See what happens

What forces, events, or influences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? I was born and raised in a midwestern urban wasteland that never felt right. My hometown is mostly parking lots and malls. The first time I saw the Rockies in Glacier National Park changed my life. I am still astonished at how the natural world can fill me with energy and optimism, can in a very real sense reverse the cynicism and bitterness that seem to perpetuate in dense urban areas. For the last four summers I have experienced this reversal. No amount of gadgetry, special effects or high definition can ever come close to the real sense of freedom I find in nature. There are too many influences to list, but my parents were the first to instill an ethic of conservation at a young age. My grandfather was a wildlife biologist, and though I never really knew him before his death, he undoubtedly made an impact on my father’s family. Jane Goodall was a major inspiration to my mother, who studied Zoology while raising my brother and I and working part-time. My father’s appreciation for nature and his ability to conceptualize it through his writing motivated me to combine my interests in natural science and creative non-fiction. I hope to use these abilities to urge others to care for and appreciate the planet.

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