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From the Editor
Photo by Paulette Phlipot

When we launched Habitat in 2007, we set out to explore, celebrate and provide inspiration for the homes and gardens—the habitats—of Wood River Valley residents. However, as the home and garden industry has evolved and embraced the green movement, so have we. Over the past four years, Habitat has become a roadmap to sustainable living in the valley, helping you build beautiful habitats while preserving the most important one—the earth.

In this vein, the theme of this issue is our connection to the earth. To borrow Roderick Frazier Nash's phrase (quoted in Greg Stahl's excellent essay on the importance of preserving Idaho's wild lands,) we should all aspire to make our lives a "gesture of planetary humility." It is important to learn how best to tread lightly on the earth, but it's also important to remain connected to why we are doing so. We are blessed to wake up every day in one of nature's masterpieces, and we should do everything we can to ensure it remains that way, for our children, and our children's children.

In our main feature, Home Away From Home, read how three local families use their rustic retreats to connect with the wilder side of Idaho and help strengthen the bonds of family. Then learn from valley moms who have created beautiful environments for their children while also protecting the environment for their future in Nurseries For Nature. Our cover story, Yes We Can teaches us that by preserving nature's bounty we can relish it all year long, and finally, benefit from the experiences of a Hailey couple whose three decades in the valley have shown them how best to live with and learn from the land (The Good Life).

Jennifer Tuohy, Editor-in -Chief