I am a Professor Emeritus at SDSU, where I taught courses on environmental policy for 32 years. To paraphrase Will Rogers, ‘I’ve never met an ecosystem I didn’t like’. My favorite ecosystem is the Anza-Borrego Desert and I’ve participated in Christmas Bird Counts there since the 1980’s. As a county planning commissioner, I worked to remove four desert roads, including Grapevine Canyon and Kane Springs, from the county’s transportation element. To praise the many ecosystems we have locally, I enjoyed writing San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, now in its fifth edition. I feel privileged to assist the Anza-Borrego Foundation in its vitally important work.