You Wont Read This

You won’t read this.
You put in a hard day’s work and want a couple hours to fish before heading home and doing it all over again tomorrow.
You probably have a wife and kids; more demands on your time that could prevent you from reading this little blog or any others like it that talk about wildlife, environmental concerns, and protecting our natural resources.

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Just a Neighborhood Park With a Lot Fewer Fish These Days

You won’t read this.
Your upbringing introduced you to the outdoors as a place for you to take as much as you could with whatever means you had. A cane pole, A trot line. A net. A rod and reel. You don’t purchase a fishing license (the cost of which helps sustain the resource you enjoy), because you don’t fish that often, and the game warden never checks anyone here.

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Bad Livers

 

You won’t read this.
You leave your empty bait containers, beer cans, cigarette packs and snack wrappers on the bank or where ever it’s convenient.  Who cares if there is a little trash? It will all wash away in the next flood anyway.

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Trash on the Trail

You won’t read this.
Releasing the fish that you catch to let them grow and catch again another day isn’t part of your thought process. There are always other places to go once you find the fish just aren’t biting here like they used to. You believe nature is inexhaustible, and that your choices have no impact on it. You believe man’s God given right is to dominate nature, extract what you want, and move on, You trace your outdoor lineage to the market hunters who eradicated the passenger pigeons and nearly did the same with the buffalo.

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You probably wont read this, but I hope you do.
I was once like you. I didn’t change overnight. I began by falling in love with the outdoors, and learning to take all I could from it. Then through the influence of others; writers, family, mentors and friends, I changed. I changed from one with a love of nature consumption to one with a love of conserving those things that bring me joy, inspiration, and awe.

If you did read this far, “there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” (The Matrix)

Aldo

Aldo Leopold, Author of A Sand County Almanac

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  1. Nice pics from Champion Park!

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      Thx. Last night the water was up a lot from the rains, but still allowed me to gather half a garbage can of the trash left behind. It may still never hold the number of fish it did a few years ago, but at least for this day, it is a little cleaner.

  2. Mom2OBIF

    Well said! I hope many read and respond in kind. Thanks for posting.

  3. My favorite water here in Colorado is unfortunately right next to a busy roadway that runs to casino towns. With a short walk you would believe you are in the back country. You can imagine being next to a busy highway what the end result is; broken beer bottles, fast food wrappers and various bits of women’s apparel. It makes me sick. There are clean up events held several times yearly but the slobs keep coming back. Please be generous with those red pills.

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      It baffles me. Usually it is the adults I see leaving the trash. I see young people who fish here occasionally and they are a lot more respectful of the resource than some of the adults. It’s a sign of a deeper issue. It’s not just slobbery – at best it’s apathy. At worst it reflects the callous disregard or inability to connect one’s actions to the larger environment. Kind of like using the fridge to store both your food and your refuse.

  4. I’ve hauled so much trash from there, and called the game warden so many times. It’s a shame, that used to be one of my favorite places to fish.

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      I sent an email to parks and rec to see if we can at least get a trash can closer than 100 yards from the bridge. It wont eliminate the problem, but it could make it a little better. Next time I see you I will tell you about the guy I saw in a tree at Memorial Park with a cast net :-/

  5. Gregory Jensen

    Thank you, for 50+ years I have simply wished someone would actively make changes in all these issues. Last year I watched my 5yr old grandson picking up the trash creekside of where we were fishing. And he taught me that it is I that needs to take action. Each person needs to remember that the Father placed us as stewards of His creation, and it is never too late or too little a task.

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      Greg – spot on. I think people misunderstand the Genesis account of man’s dominion over nature, and interpret it as “domination” or “conquest”. To me the account clearly infers stewardship.

  6. Jonathan

    It’s so important to pass on the legacy of love and respect for the outdoors. My dad taught me repeatedly as a boy to leave areas looking better than I found them. My kids now know when we camp or picnic the family will sweep the area twice to clean up trash. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      Jonathan, thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Your dad gave a great example that you are carrying on. Hopefully others are doing the same.

  7. Thanks for a thought-provoking post that encourages all to remember that we are stewards, not just users.

  8. I have been 100 miles from anyone or anywhere and found beer cans and plastic bottles. It sucks, always carry a mesh bag for idiot peoples garbage.

  9. ron moretti

    i volunteer for a local freshwater conservation assoc. at times the its a pain and a drain on my time and I want to quit. then I read something like this and I know ive got to keep at it until more people become involved and want to not just save what we have but to improve it for the future. thank you

    • mdillow61@gmail.com

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I feel the same way sometimes, but then I spend a little time around young people who care about our environment and our natural resources and it charges me back up. Their enthusiasm is contagious…and refreshing. Thanks you for what you do. You never know the young lives you may impact by your example without ever knowing it.

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