By René Voss
So now I know why people came up with the idea of aerial spraying DDT to kill pesky bugs ... like the thousands of mosquitoes that attacked me over the summer solstice in the Emigrant Wilderness. Relentless beasts!
As I was walking out of the Wilderness I struck an interesting conversation with a fellow hiker who was local and had been visiting the Emigrant Wilderness for over 50 years. He said he had seen many changes since he first started hiking there as a kid. His name was Larry. I know this because he was wearing a "Larry" belt buckle ... local for sure.
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As I briefly mentioned in my first comment, I implore all of us that talk about saving nature and protecting its critters: use the one really powerful action we "little people" have. I can tell you if you check out the environmental record of this administration and the statements of the other candidate you will know whom to support. Every one of us must vote. I speak as a retired, senior natural resources field manager. Inputs from the public carry weight, usually! [But not with this administration.]
Glad to see that some parts of the Wilderness is doing well. Just keep man and development out of the Nature Preserves.
Cattle in wilderness areas = cow pies in the meadows where you need to pitch your tent. Flies all around and trampled, broken down creek banks = dirty, polluted [manure] water. Yes, get cows out and to do this vote in a new administration.
We are all mandated to save not destroy the Earth & the inhabitants the Earth hosts. We need to promote these innocent lives by keeping our wild areas as wild as possible & by keeping OUT aggressive humans whose intent is to destroy all with their greed. Keep vigilant. Keep saving our animal species.
I am a Western Upstate New York native originally and still am in my heart, but moved to Central Florida about 14 years ago, in part for the wildlife here. The first thing I did was buy a Florida Audubon book because I wanted to understand the environment here and the wildlife. The biggest thing that struck me like a Mac truck after moving here was the blatant ignorance of Florida's environment by just about every person here, native or not. They literally don't know anything about where they live, or vacation and seem dumbstruck and at times annoyed by learning something new. It's not like it was many years ago when we had to depend on limited availability of information. We have the internet and education at our fingertips these days, yet most people seem to walk around with blinders on and are content in ignorance and apathy. I'm afraid I don't understand that. The politics here are horrendous and in my county they seem hellbent on wiping out everything as fast as they can. I refer to them as Nature Nazis. i have seen a huge decline in wildlife populations in just a few short years. We had builders here that murdered 11 River Otters and our county and state government did nothing. The connection to the story here is that "Larry" strikes me as being like much of the public in general, "Well it's like this and they do that and there isn't anything we can do about it and I don't know anything about it and I don't want to know anything about it because if I do, then I might have to do something about it. Ignorance is bliss and besides, there are plenty of tree huggers out there that will take care of it for us, so we don't have to do anything." Yes, Larry seemed to be stating facts, but they are facts that are accepted as the norm, instead of being appalling. He is representing a majority of the population. Wilderness is wilderness and cow pies, chomped down grass, introduced species (a huge problem in Florida), etc. are not part of that! I am with the rest of you on this. We understand this is major issue. I guess the question is, "How do you get the rest of the people, the Larrys and general population to give a damn about any of this enough to change the behavior? Many corporations wouldn't be able to do this without our consumerism. Many people don't understand, perhaps by choice, the connections between what they are doing and what is happening to our planet. How do we change that attitude of indifference, apathy and ignorance by choice?
So when Joni Ernst praises Trump for deregulating farmers who pollute our waterways, this place is now threatened, correct?
I remember the cattle I encountered while hiking to Scout Carson Lake, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The herd muddied the streams, and left manure in the open spaces. The cows tramped the streamside bushes. Most worrisome, the herd included a big bull. The cattle were not far from the trail on one hike, and the bull was standing at the edge of the herd. He was staring at me as I walked by, in the open. There was nowhere to take cover, if that thing had charged.
We are supposed to be Caretakers of our natural resources, including our precious wildlife. Yet those in power continue to exploit both for man's unending greed and indifference. Man alone is responsible for the destruction of air, water, land and wildlife - Rich and powerful companies continue to destroy our lands, wildlife and ultimately us. Soon there will be nothing to save - our gifts gone!!
Good article - both sad & uplifting. And I feel the same about livestock in our Wilderness Areas and in our National Forests. Killing off native animals - then pasturing domestic livestock in places they have no right to be. Yes, these wonderful places need to be protected and the wildlife that lives there.
American Citizens deserve better and OUR voices need to be heard above the destructive nature of Greedy Corporations and rampant Ignorance. Keep the cows OUT of the Wilderness!
We ALL need to protect these extraordinary places and ALL WILDLIFE who inhabit these places, in order to remain connected to this earth, it is not only about the salvation of the planet, but it is also about the salvation of ourselves.
Save the Endangered Species Act!!!
I hiked in Labor Day weekend 1971 before Congressional action on the Designation bill to see the old mining claims up against the northern boundary of Yosemite National Park. They drove an old bulldozer back and forth blew up a few sticks of dynamite to do required assessment work for the mining claims. Then they partied. What a bad joke of a system.