“Conservation is a state of harmony between man and land.” – Aldo Leopold
Nature is such a beautiful thing. The bright shades of green in the grass and trees. The shades of red and orange within the red rocks in the mountains. Wherever you live in the world, you can experience the beautiful colors and experiences that nature has to offer. I’ve lived in Oregon and in Arizona. Two very different climates and landscapes. Oregon has tons of beautiful green trees, sandy beaches, mountains and desserts. It’s one reason I love Oregon so much because it has such a vast display of landscapes. Arizona is a dessert. The color tones are much more muted as opposed to the vivid colors of Oregon. The dessert and mountains of Arizona provide a beautiful landscape of red and orange rocks. Wherever you are city, dessert, mountains, forests or fields you can always find the beauty within the nature surrounding you.
But, the growing population is causing us to lose the the beauty within nature. The forests are being cutdown and green spaces are shrinking. People are leading busier lives then ever before and with the draws of technology. The desire to experience nature decreases. People are spending more time tied to wifi and the internet instead of going out to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Which means a lot of the land within the urban growth boundaries are being turned into new high rise buildings and housing.
Nobody is taking care of or fighting to keep the land. Land that makes Oregon what it is. A state full of evergreen trees, sandy beaches and snowy mountains. If we don’t take the time to take care and fight for the land then we are gonna just become another overpopulated state. The other component of keeping the beauty and grandeur of this state is to take care of the forest, beaches and mountains. This ensures that the land that we fight to keep around for generations to come.
You can do this by not leaving garbage, cutting down trees and leaving little impact to the forest and nature perserves. You can join cleanup crews to keep the trails clear and clean. Groups that tidy up the beaches; such as SOLV. But even you can do your part by picking up trash you see left on the beaches or trails while your hiking or enjoying the beach. These small acts add up and can help keep the nature landscape around for years to come.