What do I treasure about living in Oregon? Without hesitation, I can tell you it’s our State Park System. No matter where I choose to visit… the unique natural beauty of each park is always stunning.
Here’s an example from a recent camping trip… Lake Clewox at Jesse Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence, Oregon.
Picture perfect! Right?
If the tall Spruce trees and native shrubs could speak, they would complain about what the “Nature Bullies” do to them.
At the base of their majestic trunks, and tucked below lush skirtings of shrubbery leaves…
“Nature Bullies” strike.
The serenity of the woods is harassed and intimidated in subtle and un-natural ways.
Can you spot the problems?
There are clues: a one-time use plastic bag.
And, the worm-bait containers it once contained. Brought by a fisher-person turned “Nature Bully” when these non-decomposing plastics were purposefully trashed under the plants and left behind.
Although this may seem trite… imagine if all users of the park turned “Nature Bully.” The collective result is a change no one who appreciates Oregon State Parks wants to witness.
The solutions are simple- either pack out what is packed in… or simply use one of many trash receptacles located throughout the park grounds and along trails.
“Nature Bullies!” …change your ways! It’s not difficult to do-
Change is commonly defined as to give a completely different form or appearance to; to transform.
Let the changes you make be for the betterment of Oregon State Parks. Start by leaving sites in better condition than you found them.
This week’s Photo Challenge: “Change“