|A local newspaper profiled David Lucas in 2013 after he arrived at Rocky Mountain Arsenal and said "at age 10, he knew he wanted to work for the Department of the Interior." Photo Credit: Steve Larson, Front Porch Stapleton|
David Lucas is the Project Leader at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex, one of the largest urban national wildlife refuges in the country. His passion for conservation started at an early age when he began exploring nature while growing up in Kentucky. Each day at the refuge can bring a variety of experiences which may include rounding up bison, leading a meeting with other agencies, conducting a prescribed burn, or helping children learn to fish at a refuge event.
5 Questions for David
1. Why is urban outreach important to you?
One of our most important jobs is to reach and educate a new generation about the importance of conservation. Much of that new generation is in urban areas, so that is where we need to be.
2. How can one keep a connection to nature while living in an urban area?
National wildlife refuges in urban areas provide unique opportunities to experience nature close to home. On any given day we have the chance to see wildlife around us whether it’s birds, insects or something else.
3. Why is a connection with the natural world so important?
Finding value in nature is highly individual. Some people enjoy spending time in nature with friends and family, while others may seek solitude. I believe fostering an appreciation of nature can lead to action to protect and preserve it.