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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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Tree Huggin – Part II

The early 1970’s marked the beginning of the way Oregonians (and the rest of America) saw their environment.  Change was brewing, not just regarding the environment, but also on numerous political and social issues around that time. Vietnam War protests were heating up and becoming more violent.  Cigarette advertising was banned from Television.  Woodsy the Owl joined Smokey the Bear at the US Forest Service.  Not only were we reminded that only we could prevent forest fires, but we should also give a hoot and not pollute.

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Tom McCall was the Governor of Oregon at the time and was pushing his message about the environment.  The “bottle bill” was enacted, SOLV was in it’s infancy, and the Willamette River was being cleaned up after decades of being treated as a sewage dump. Continue reading