This guest essay is from Pat O’Toole, a member of Solutions from the Land’s Board of Directors. Pat is a Wyoming rancher, conservationist, public lands expert and also the president of the Family Farm Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Intermountain Joint Venture, a public/private group which advocates for migratory birds. Pat, who served in the Wyoming Legislature and on the presidentially-appointed Western Water Policy Commission, is active in Western water issues, opposing the loss of agricultural water through transfers. He has testified before Congress regarding Western issues numerous times.