I recently met Billy Purvis, a lifetime resident of Jackson County. He was on his way to catch some catfish in the Chipola River, near one of Jackson’s many beautiful, spring-fed streams. As we chatted about the enormous pileated woodpeckers calling from the tree trunks around us, he described how someone he knows shoots them for fun. Mr. Purvis and I agreed that the wholesale slaughter of wildlife is not hunting – it’s cruelty. Like Mr. Purvis, many of my future constituents have lived off the land for generations. Unless we conserve valuable natural resources like clean streams and harmless wildlife, the generations that follow us will never know what it truly means to enjoy a relaxing day outdoors, while getting dinner for their families.