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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The Emigrant Wilderness is stunning. I have had a few trips to there. Glorious place to breathe and take it all in... May it remain beautiful, forever.
Please keep nature the way it’s supposed to be and don’t sell it for oil or kill anything that lives there. I speak for nature just like Greta Thunberg.
Cows in the wilderness fishing till there are no more fish endangered frogs sounds like the humans are determined to destroy the environment our earth ..we must speak up we are running out of time and please people wake up.
"The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future - deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease." -- The World Watch Institute
“Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”~ David Coates
Thank you for Rene Voss' diary from The Wild Emigrant. It gave me a feeling of being there. Much that makes me sad, yet much that feeds the soul. Will the wilderness survive man's insatiable appetite for meat, murder and mayhem? Our existence on Earth, guess what, ultimately depends on Earth. Will we as a species remain mired in our vanity and greed to the point of dismantling the ship that carries us?
I have scanned the story but I'm unsure whether Larry thought the wilderness areas were better off now or better off years ago??
I wondered that too as the author seemed to like a Sgt. Joe Friday and "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts," withholding judgment. Personally, it didn't seem like much of a wilderness because of so many obvious signs of the "hands of man" and the crap of cows, but am glad it is on the road to some healing, but it's still a long way off and for starters, the cows gotta go....
I guess it's the attorney in me in providing "just the facts, ma'am." Most of the Emigrant is as wild as can be and pristine, so long as you don't go in the meadows, stay away from cows, don't step on a cow patty, or don't notice the small dams, which are not that numerous. In my opinion, the cows must go, and WW is working on that. I just spent last week in the Yosemite Wilderness where there are no cows, and there is a noticeable difference in how pristine the backcountry there is. With everyone's help, hopefully it will be just like that in the future.
What? A wilderness with non-native cows grazing it hard? Since when is that wilderness, such ecological disruption? WW needs to connect with the sierra club grazing team and join up in protest. It is NOT wilderness until the native ecology is restored!
Nice story. It was interesting to hear about the trout and birds and the dams and trees. Thanks for the article. Julie S