We all have a responsibility to speak out for the conservation of the incredible heritage we enjoy in this country. It starts with a personal ethic of how we each treat the places we use in our outdoor recreation activities: to speaking up in caring for the land when agencies act and legislators are posed to legislate.
Our public lands are largely being ignored by the executive and congressional branches by crippling the agencies responsible for management by allocating starvation budgets. Until we speak up with a loud enough voice this situation probably won’t change.
1.) “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
2.) That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
3.) When God created the first human beings, God led them around the garden of Eden and said: Look at my works! See how beautiful they are — how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.
4.) A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.”
5.) What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?
6.) We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted…So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day, reaps without sowing, and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of the prodigal whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of life.
7.) I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
-E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White
Essays of E.B. White, 1977
8.) We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging o us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use with love and respect.
9.) If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either.”
10.) This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
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