Jack Skrypek

"After spending about 40 years as a resource manager, a resource manager concerned primarily with aquatic systems and with fish populations, probably the main thing I've learned is how things are connected. We have a tendency to think of particular things in isolation. For instance in dealing with anglers when was the chief of fisheries management they oft-times were concerned about just one thing: basically how fast they could catch fish. And they would say this without the realization that a fish population is connected to the rest of the universe. So I guess that would be the one thing that I've learned, or the main thing that I learned in my 40 years as a resource manager is that everything is connected. In order to have good fishing, in order to have clean water you have to have good management of watersheds; you have to have conditions on the watershed that will help maintain the food pyramid, that will help maintain the natural biota.

"This concept of everything being connected is certainly not a new idea of mine. I think it was John Muir that said many, many years ago that when you try to look at one thing in isolation you soon find that it's connected to everything else in the universe. In more recent times, I think of a quote from a physicist with the name of David Bohm who said that 'reality was unbroken wholeness in flowing movement,' and that certainly shows that many other people have recognized this concept of everything being connected."