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Samantha?

I like to think that I have good work/life boundaries but when you work in the environmental field, it is hard to turn it off sometimes. My career choice wasn't a fleeting thing. I chose to go to grad school to work in this field, knowing it was something that was in me all along. It doesn't just spill over into my life outside the office, it is a major part of my personal life. You can't work to protect the environment 40 hrs/week and turn it off at night or on the weekends.

So occasionally, I take it a little too far. I've been told to "cool it on the tree talk" while on vacation and pointing out improperly planted trees. But a few weeks ago, I took my friend's kids to see Frozen 2. The whole time I was thinking, this is all about a dam removal and how dams disrupt the natural flow of a river and how most times they cause more harm than good. They had their purpose, some still do, but many can come down and provide habitat and restore the natural flow of the waters.

And since I do the social media for the District, I thought, while watching the movie, if American Rivers doesn't do something with this, they are missing the mark. Sure enough, a few days later, American Rivers posted an article titled "Frozen 2: the river movie of the decade."

Elsa hears the call of the forest and follows it until she discovers the dam wasn't a gift, it was a trick and it threw the environment out of balance. The river is a source of truth, power and magic. It has a memory and knowledge and we are all a part of it. The river must be set free.

SPOILER ALERT!

The dam comes down and the mist is lifted. Natural order is restored.

They aren't my projects, but I love that here at the District, we have removed several dams. I've also learned how much goes into removing a dam. It's much more than just the Acme explosives, which is how I still like to picture it in my head. I think you can guess my maturity level by now.

My hope is that we all listen to nature and 'hear the voice.' Nature is talking to us all the time, warning us, guiding us, giving us the lessons about how to live here on this Earth. We must listen to her and learn from her.

So why did I call this blog 'Samantha?' Because that is the scene where I busted out laughing. Everyone loves Olaf.

Blog author: Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education Program Manager

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