|People do not SEE A NEED, until they FEEL THE NEED
What we need though are more people actively involved. So when the current front line falters a bit, there are hands to pick-up-the-slack.
We simply cannot afford to drop-the-ball on this effort. There are too many vicious predators lurking about these days.
There just seem to be coming out of the woodwork, people who seem hell-bent on destroying all that is wild and natural. It is beyond this author's ability to comprehend such a deplorably short-sighted, weak-minded, ignorant path of thought. I have been fighting these battles now for well into 40 years and I am, most unfortunately, familiar.
However, just when you think you've seen it all ... something like the last weeks move to sell off ALL federally owned public lands. And there we go again.
So, PLEASE! Jump in. Get involved. Your 'verbal backing' is good and needed. But right now, what we really need is your 'boots-in-the-field'.
And yes, that means getting your 'boots' wet and muddy from being actively involved in having fun in the field. Whether it's fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, birdwatching, geocaching, skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding ... or just 'out standing in your field'. JUST DO IT!
Then turn around, grab a cup of coffee, go to the computer and TELL your friends and neighbors what you did; show photos and describe the wonders. Then get together with a local club and take part in ... depending upon your knowledge of and ambition - lead education classes, field trips, become a mentor ... and WORK to brig others into the knowledge of the value of the outdoors. Take a kid or non-participating adult - fishing, hunting, hiking, birdwatching .. or just stand in that 'field' and take in all that is the OUTDOORS. Look up and enjoy the starts - the sunrise - the sunset - the weather changes. WHATEVER!!! JUST DO IT!
I have been saying for the better part of the last 25 years the following mantra:
"People do not SEE A NEED, until they FEEL THE NEED!"
The more people are brought into contact with the outdoors, the less likely they are to abuse it. Once they 'touch the outdoors'.. it 'touches them back'. And that connection become 'ownership'. And it becomes 'personal'.
So let's all make it our PERSONAL MISSION .. to make sure WE provide the platform and opportunity for at least 10 people, this coming year, to 'Connect with the OUTDOORS for a Lifetime Personal Ownership'.
Seriously. This is in YOUR and MY hands. What WE choose to do over the coming 24 months will determine - in a most frighteningly real way - the availability of access ... even existence ... of wild lands in the United States. And as has been the case for over 60 years, what happens here - in the USA - floats the boats of many other countries around the globe.
It is time we 'WiseUp and do the Right Thing' - for our own good and the good of those generations to come.
We can choose to be part of the Weapon of MASS DESTRUCTION as humanity hell-bent on destruction. Or, we can choose to become the wielding of MASS INTERVENTION as a humanity realizing its limits and responsibility to making life work for all life on the planet.
So, PLEASE! Jump in. Get involved.
After all ... It's only about the future of Outdoors in the USA.
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