Radio Interview on the Derek Volk Show

By: Emily Nason
Posted on:04/24/2018 Updated:04/26/2018

Amos Eno, the president and founder of LandCAN had the unique opportunity to be interviewed on a local radio show here in Maine. The Derek Volk show, airing Saturday mornings on 100.5 FM, aims to entertain and educate while promoting and encouraging Maine businesses and Maine people. Derek Volk hosted Box Talk Radio for almost 3 years before starting The Derek Volk Show. His show gained great popularity with over 800,000 listeners averaging 15,000 unique visitors per month.

Derek is the President and third generation owner of Volk Packaging Corporation in Biddeford, Maine.  Volk Packaging is the only Maine owned and operated corrugated box manufacturer since 1967.  He is also the author of “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum.”  Derek and his son, Dylan, travel around the country speaking to people about life with Asperger’s syndrome.

Derek Volk first heard of LandCAN when his wife was invited to an event we held in November to benefit forest land conservation, with key note speaker Senator Angus King. Though turn out wasn’t as high as we hoped due to yet another storm, it turned out to be one of our most informative events.

“It was really interesting!  The whole time I was writing down all kinds of notes, and when it was done I went right up to the executive director (Amos Eno) and I said will you come on my radio show because this was really interesting stuff that I don’t think most people even know is happening!” – Derek Volk

So on a very snowy day in March, one of many we’ve had this winter in Maine, Amos sat down to speak with Derek about private land conservation and the services that LandCAN provides. We offer a variety of tools, news services, and service providers that can assist land owners and help ensure they are making responsible, sustainable decisions about their land. However, very few people are aware of our services, so we were thrilled to be able to speak with Derek about the importance of private land conservation and what we offer.

“We are the largest web based internet site for conservation in the united states. Unfortunately most people don’t pay attention to conservation on private lands, but 71% of the lower 48 states is privately owned and if you look from an ecological perspective, most wild life and bio diversity is on privately owned lands” – Amos Eno

Amos goes on to discuss the back log of maintenance on publicly owned lands and how it’s nearly impossible for the government to keep up. This figure includes $11.3 billion (59%) in deferred maintenance for NPS (National Park Service), $5 billion (29%) for FS (Forest Service), $1.40 billion (8%) for FWS (Fish and Wildlife Service), and $0.81 billion (4%) for BLM (Bureau of Land Management).

That’s billions of dollars that are needed to protect these public lands, and it’s just not happening fast enough. If we put our funds and energy into private land owners, farmers, and ranchers, we can guarantee the land will be cared for. Why? Because it’s their livelihood. It’s their number one priority. Not only do private land owners provide the food and materials we use on a daily bases, but they support the community by providing jobs.

To hear the entirety of Amos’s interview, listen Here!