Perhaps, the 'misunderstanding' lies within your own understanding........
Being neither, a hunter or a tree hugger.......I see a balance.
How could a hunter, fisherman, or a farmer, living off of the land not respect the land?
Could a mechanic not respect his engine? Could a doctor not respect the organs? Could a teacher not respect students?..........you get my drift......
What is the "repulican type"? One who values personal accountability over regulation?
Does the outdoorsman, require the government, to tell him ( or her) that without clean water, fish will perish?
Does the outdoorsman need the government to tell him ( or her) that without woods, there are no deer, elk, large cat etc....
While there are those, who do say, the 'spotted owl' takes second seat to the needs of man..........they have a sense of balance.
Are they of the "republican type" , or are they realists?
Every issue is not reduced to political affiliation.