Kudos to Jim Bennett for his recent series of articles reframing hunting and fishing interests in the context Leopold’s concept of a land ethic. Dennis Anderson’s weekly columns in the Star Tribune increasingly are reflecting a similar trend. I am encouraged by this shift in perspective. The collective “we” – sportsmen, outdoor recreationalist, and environmentalists — share common ground when it comes to natural resource issues. The wilds and waters of Minnesota are important resources that are assets we hold in common. Over 40 years ago US Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas argued that inanimate objects be given standing in legal proceedings, yet obviously they have no literal voice. To quote Dr. Seuss’s Lorax: “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no voice.” That friends, is up to us.

 

John Goodfellow, 

Marine on St Croix

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