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Conservation reality check

Conservation Chit Chat

February 15, 2012
Kelly Haman , The Daily Freeman Journal

Recently I have been spending a lot more time in front of the television than normal due to the recent invasion of the cold and flu bug to my family. My evenings have been taken over by my inner couch potato while spending a generous handful of hours watching Lifetime movies, the Food Network, AMC - I'm a sucker for the old movies - and Discovery Channel, or so was my plan.

However, something has gone amiss in TV Land. All of the good shows have been replaced with reality TV. After watching the seemingly endless barrage of reality show fodder manufactured by network and cable I have come to the following conclusion. The shows, however ridiculous are definitely a guilty pleasure, kind of a train wreck you just can't help but watch with many participants seeming to lack the good sense God gave them.

During my reality show marathon my mind drifted off to our own reality at Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB). What a show HCCB would make, I can see it now. Amid the backdrop of the effortless natural beauty of HCCB's parks would begin a show emphasizing exciting outdoor sports including cross country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, running, bicycling, water sports of all kinds and golf. Exhilarating wildlife shows exploring the parks and natural resource areas discovering all types of animals and fowl. Hunting and fishing shows depicting the anticipation of the hunt while tracking multiple game and fish species. Educational shows amplifying the importance and fun involved in learning more about the great outdoors. Engaging shows highlighting the many exciting events residents have the opportunity to participate in. Of course a cast and crew of silly, goofy, loony toons wait, that's just me. The rest of the cast would add educational, compelling excitement and fun personalities to the entertainment factor. We can't forget a travel show highlighting the towns and sites located in Hamilton County. Charming towns like Stratford, Stanhope, Jewell, Blairsburg, Ellsworth, Williams, Randall and Kamrar. With Webster City's recent RAGBRAI and Little League Championships amid countless other entertainment venues secures a tourism show for sure. Kudos and great job, to the powers that be that made these huge economic stimulating events happen for Webster City.

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I think Jacque Cousteau and Marlin Perkins would be impressed with Hamilton County Conservation's take on reality TV. (I might have just revealed my age with that statement)

OK, let's get back to actual reality. However clever and exciting a HCCB reality show would be, the ingenious part is this you don't have to watch HCCB from afar or on your TV. You can experience all of the wonderful things HCCB has to offer right here in Hamilton County. Golfing, canoeing, biking, hiking, fishing, the list goes on and on. Whatever your outdoor persuasion, it's all located within HCCB at your preference. My suggestion is this; put to rest the couch potato, turn off the television, grab your shoes, bike or fishing pole and head out to HCCB and experience the reality of The Great Outdoors for yourself!

In conclusion, while the reality show gator catchers, swamp people, hillbilly hand fishermen, Kardashians and top models seem to have a lot of excitement and drama going on they don't even come close to rivaling the awesomeness brought forth by our natural resource areas, parks and activities located right here at Hamilton County Conservation.

Be sure to check out HCCB at or

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

-Dr. Seuss



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