(Randolph, NH) – 7/22/2019. A black bear, a family of ruffed grouse, songbirds, and a group of local conservationists came out in the heat on Sunday for a bird walk with former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld that was organized by Primary Feathers. Weld is the first to presidential candidate to participate in the series of bird walks, which have the goal of candidates with local conservationists who are active in their communities’ natural resource protection efforts.
Governor Weld and the group first visited the Randolph Community Forest – a 10,000-acre conservation project that is a model of public-private partnership in land conservation. Weld shared his experience growing up in an area with natural features similar to the White Mountains, his connection to the outdoors, and his continued role in large-scale conservation projects.
Weld also emphasized his desire to think creatively and put together large-scale conservation efforts as President. He highlighted his many years of involvement in conservation efforts as Governor of Massachusetts and as a private citizen. Weld pointed out that his conservation work goes all the way back to when he was a 20-year-old associate attorney and drafted the Massachusetts statute providing tax incentives for conservation easements.
The group next stopped at the Durand Lake Recreation Area in Randolph, where Weld had a relaxed conversation with the group under the pavilion. While Weld shared his commitment to addressing climate change, thinking big about conservation, balancing the budget, restoring integrity to Washington, and improving economic opportunity for distressed communities, a black bear wandered in the background and a bright blue indigo bunting sang enthusiastically.
Sheridan Brown, who started the Primary Feathers effort, presented Weld with a framed photo of a fisher cat as a thank you for his visit. Weld has joked about the fisher being the campaign’s mascot, saying he will bring the fisher’s ferocity to his campaign against Donald Trump to win primary elections in New Hampshire and other states.
Walks with other candidates in locations throughout New Hampshire will be announced shortly.
About Primary Feathers
Primary Feathers is connecting candidates with conservation-minded voters and nature enthusiasts for positive conversations with no paid activists, pledges, scorecards, or pressure during the First-in-the-Nation New Hampshire Presidential Primary campaign season. Individuals interested in joining the walks can register at Primary Feathers via its website at primaryfeathers.org or by calling Sheridan Brown at 603-865-5231.