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Tree huggin Part III – Perpetually………

We burned a few gallons of gas and left some rubber on the road to go see The Breach​ last night in Portland. An awesome film!  A fellow movie goer remarked during the Q&A session afterwards –  ” I’m overwhelmed, how do I, as an individual, do anything to help?”

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Lori​ and I had a great discussion on the way home about how we can justify taking a stand on the issues when we as a family are a major contributor to so many of the problems. We added to the population explosion by having 8 kids between us. We live in a home made of 95% wood, we heat our home with firewood and electricity. A home which is protected from flood by two dams just upstream. We have a septic tank and drain field within 50 feet of the river and we aren’t all that careful about the chemicals we use within our home. Part of our household income is derived from my fishing guide service. The bulk of my working career has been in the telecommunications industry – a huge consumer of copper.  Yup, we’re consumers of the “4 Hs” that are slowly driving nails into the coffin for wild fish species – Hydro, Habitat, Harvest and Hatchery.

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Water Lovin’ Tree Hugger

Being called a “tree hugger” makes a guy stop and think.  At least it made me stop and think.  It was said in jest and I got a laugh out of it for sure.  I know where it came from too.  Lately, I’ve been a little more vocal about something I care about – Wild fish species of the Pacific Northwest.

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