You’d think people who deal on a regular basis with rutting elk and mating grouse would have some residual romance in their souls. Apparently not our friends at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who scheduled a public meeting on a proposed land exchange in Grant County on Valentine’s Day evening.

We’re an aging population here, so maybe they’re thinking we don’t really pay attention to Valentine’s Day. Or, since we’re such rugged outdoorsy people, that our idea of a romantic eve is a public hearing on wildlife habitat land swaps. Put out an urn of weak coffee and some pink heart-shaped cookies, and watch our hearts melt. At the very least, the Feb. 14 gathering will provide a distraction for lonelyhearts and the bravehearts who eschew Feb. 14 as just another Hallmark holiday.

To be fair, other folks who have relationships to tend can still get the facts about the land exchange and offer their views by mail or email before the state Wildlife Commission takes up the issue March 8. There’s information in this week’s Eagle and online about the proposal, and comments are requested by March 1.

Meantime, it could be interesting to see if the meeting draws much of a crowd Thursday night. But sorry, we’ve got a date. – SC

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