I was interested in photography when I started college at Antioch. I took a basic photo course there, and other photography classes. I got my first real job through a work-study program at Antioch. It was working as a helper in a mental hospital. Strange, but I'm sure that had something to do with where I am now.
First of all, land managers are bureaucrats. What they do is control things; they like to put things in little boxes and create rules. They want to do that in the easiest and most cost efficient way. When you've got a group like climbers, who want to go where they please, bureaucrats don't like that because they can't control it.
A long time ago I figured out I was a generalist. That's why I did Climbing Magazine for so long. Part of what appealed to me about that was putting the whole thing together, and understanding how all the aspects of the magazine function, and being able to integrate those and drive the process forward.