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Cows in Wilderness!!!!

The free range laws and grazing allotments on public land have caused untold damage by cows to vegetation, streams, and scenery in our public lands and it’s a conflict of interest to the tax-paying people who want to see nature undamaged with wildlife instead of cows that someone is making money off of on our public lands.

Nowhere is it worse than in Utah, especially SW Utah in the Dixie National Forest. It is one of the most over-grazed, dried out, damaged forests in the U.S. and, even worse, there are cows in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, a designated wilderness that is supposed to be free of grazing, logging, and human development! The cattle are also in the Pine Valley campground doing damage to campers’ stuff and to paths and wooden structures. There are about 45 head there, now, including, at least, 3 bulls! They are in the creeks, along the trails, in the wilderness. They are a public safety hazard as well. It’s bad enough that cows are allowed on Forest Service lands, but to have them in the campgrounds, trails, and wilderness is despicable! This is not a one time thing, but an ongoing problem. Domestic cattle destroy wildlife’s food and habitat.

This of some of the cows near the intake of the reservoir, the area’s drinking water.

The top two pictures are of creek damage — see how shiny and oily it is in the second picture from cow shit? And above is shortcut erosion between switchbacks.

Cows damage shrubs and ground cover, killing it completely, causing the Forest Service to have to come in and cut it all out and burn it, all paid for by us!

Here is a cow by the creek in the campground. They shit in the water, pollute it and damage vegetation creek-side.

Shortcuts made by the cows between trail switchbacks totally denude the vegetation, above.

More trail damage.

More vegetation damage by cows — this is not the trail, but a shortcut made by the cows!

This is what a cow print looks like. It’s about 4 inches square, but varies with the size of the cow, calf, bull or steer.

All these pictures are real. The area is still pretty, but won’t be for long if this is allowed to continue. What right do people have to destroy something that belongs to others and ruins their enjoyment of it? In fact, special interest groups have totally destroyed natural areas that I have loved over the years. The next generations won’t even have it to see and behold and spend time in!

What to do?

1. Start at the top, the National forest service, National Park service, and national office for wilderness and complain there. Then, contact the regional offices and complain there, then contact the local. If you start at the bottom, it will never go up. But, if you start at the top, it will probably trickle down. This is not a one time thing, but an ongoing problem.

Complain, also, to your senators and representatives about special interest groups abusing and taking advantage of public lands.

2. Protest open range — let the ranchers fence their cattle in, not home owners fence the cattle out. And protest livestock grazing allotments on all public land — BLM, Forest Service, National Parks.

3. Don’t hunt wildlife. There isn’t much of them left. Work to get rid of all cattle on public lands (BLM too — their lands are so trashed and over-grazed! The west is too dry for livestock). Maybe we should start an open hunting season for domestic cattle on public lands! It’d be like hunting invasive species, which some people do rather than hunt native wildlife. Cows compete with wildlife for precious resources. They should be kept on private land, not public land!

4. Boycott beef, unless you know that it has never been grazed on public land or raised in rainforest logged areas. Reduce beef consumption anyway.

5. Perhaps this is a population problem, feeding so many people, so use birth control. This includes religious people! If you use antibiotics, flu shots, medical services and medicine, then you have no right to disapprove of or not use birth control. Human overpopulation is destroying precious wild lands. It is selfish of you to destroy what others want and need! The forests in Pine Valley probably once covered the whole valley. Now, it is just a small area. It needs to be conserved. Grazing cattle and land conservation do not go together! The Joshua tree forest in SW Utah has been totally trashed by cows. They knock over the Joshua trees and kill them. The trees used to be twice as tall, enough to shade a car, and there used to be more of them with grass and short shrubs in between. Now, it’s just dirt. You can see his the cows have left large bare dirt patches in the Pine Valley forest!

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactus.htm

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/wilderness/other-federal-wilderness-lands.htm

https://www.fs.fed.us

On the above, hit the letter icon to send an email. Hit the search icon and type in to get the regional and local offices. The bottom of the hierarchy is the Pine Valley Ranger District in St. George, Utah.

You could also try contacting the DNR — department of natural resources, or, as I call it, “Destroying our Natural Resources”, though it’s state run.

Dixie National Forest is a disgrace!

The free range laws and grazing allotments on public land have caused untold damage by cows to vegetation, streams, and scenery in our public lands and it’s a conflict of interest to the tax-paying people who want to see nature undamaged with wildlife instead of cows that someone is making money off of on our public lands.

Nowhere is it worse than in Utah, especially SW Utah in the Dixie National Forest. It is one of the most over-grazed, dried out, damaged forests in the U.S. And, even worse, there are cows in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, a designated wilderness that is supposed to be free of grazing, logging, and human development! The cattle are also in the Pine Valley campground doing damage to campers’ stuff and to paths and wooden structures. There are about 45 head there, now, including, at least, 3 bulls! They are in the creeks, along the trails, in the wilderness. They are a public safety hazard as well. It’s bad enough that cows are allowed on Forest Service lands, but to have them in the campgrounds, trails, and wilderness is despicable! This is not a one time thing, but an ongoing problem. Domestic cattle destroy wildlife’s food and habitat.

This of some of the cows at the intake of the reservoir, the area’s drinking water.

Top picture is of creek damage — see how shiny and oily it is from cow shit? And above is trail erosion.

Here’s some damage off trail, above.

Cows damage shrubs and ground cover, killing it completely, causing the Forest Service to have to come in and cut it all out and burn it, all paid for by us!

Here is a cow by the creek near to the wilderness trailhead. They shit in the water, pollute it and damage vegetation creek-side.

Shortcuts made by the cows between trail switchbacks totally denude the vegetation, above.

More trail damage.

More shortcut damage by cows — this is not the trail, but a shortcut made by the cows!

This is what a cow print looks like. It’s about 4 inches square, but varies with the size of the cow, calf, bull or steer.

What to do?

1. Start at the top, the National forest service, National Park service, and national office for wilderness and complain there. Then, contact the regional offices and complain there, then contact the local. If you start at the bottom, it will never go up. But, if you start at the top, it will probably trickle down. This is not a one time thing, but an ongoing problem.

Complain, also, to your senators and representatives about special interest groups abusing and taking advantage of public lands.

2. Protest open range — let the ranchers fence their cattle in, not home owners fence the cattle out. And protest livestock grazing allotments on all public land — BLM, Forest Service, National Parks.

3. Don’t hunt wildlife. There isn’t much of them left. Work to get rid of all cattle on public lands (BLM too — their lands are so trashed and over-grazed! The west is too dry for livestock). Maybe we should start an open hunting season for domestic cattle on public lands! It’d be like hunting invasive species, which some people do rather than hunt native wildlife. Cows compete with wildlife for precious resources. They should be kept on private land, not public land!.

4. Boycott beef, unless you know that it has never been grazed on public land or raised in rainforest logged areas. Reduce beef consumption anyway.

5. Perhaps this is a population problem, so use birth control. This includes religious people! If you use antibiotics, flu shots, medical services and medicine, then you have no right to disapprove of or not use birth control. Human overpopulation is destroying precious wild lands. It is selfish of you to destroy what others want and need! The forests in Pine Valley probably once covered the whole valley. Now, it is just a small area.

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactus.htm

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/wilderness/other-federal-wilderness-lands.htm

https://www.fs.fed.us

Hit the letter icon to send an email. Hit the search icon and type in to get the regional and local offices. The bottom is the Pine Valley Ranger District in St. George, Utah

Fool’s Gold is now “green” gold

I guess there is just one more thing to say, in this never ending saga of human exploitation, over-population, greed, and environmental destruction.

The “green” movement has just become another advertising campaign and product design market. There’s no more conscientiousness there than in the regular, earth destroying market. Wild lands are decimated and planted with products such as palm oil trees or vegetables and fruits in order to get instant “organic” status. Wild plants and native plants or animals are harvested to feed a “natural” market. Advertising uses words like “wildly natural” when the product is no such thing. Developers are destroying wild or natural places to build “natural” developments that aren’t natural and use the same toxic, resource depleting building supplies as always, with the same gross, over-use of energy requirements (air conditioners, electric gadgets, golf courses, etc.). Companies or rich people can buy “eco credits” from more conscientious sources and feel good and continue their polluting. Hunters feel self-righteous because they are killing “natural” food and taking responsibility for killing their own food when human over-population (and mis-management) has reduced and destroyed more wildlands and wildlife than ever.

There’s been a fairly long tradition of destroying something and taking its name — “Elk Meadows” or “Ponderosa Heights” for example — or just taking a “natural” product name, like Moose Drool beer. Now, you may protest that, but I just saw a Moose Drool aluminum beer can tossed in the woods. Is it better to let nature “compost” an aluminum can and mine more aluminum and, hence, destroy more nature, or recycle it even if recycling creates pollution? Because EVERYTHING you do creates pollution. But, it is important to make the right choices.

This photo is from this summer from a U.S. Forest Service burn that took place 9 years ago! It is still completely dead, nothing growing there, whereas before, there were green plants, mushrooms, mycelium, etc.

It totally appalls me that the human race could take something as sacred and special as wild lands and wild animals and turn it into a marketing ploy to make their millions. Why can’t humans be as intelligent as they purport themselves to be, instead of, merely, arrogant, greedy, selfish, destructive, short-sighted, and apathetic? There’s the same old, age-old human problems of territory, wars, murders, etc. that there has always been, since the first humans walked upright and picked up a stone to kill with. But, that will never change.

The real world of nature is truly wonderful and the animals in it are far more enlightened and fair than humans will ever be. There is amazing compassion and fairness in, for example, bears’ society than most people will ever acknowledge, or, in a kinglet’s determination to nest despite the Forest Service’s useless, destructive burning (destroys food for birds, bears and elk, as well as destroys native nesting birds). Bears have rules, but they adhere to them, unlike humans who say “rules are for others”. If you feed a bear, they will expect to be fed again, so don’t start, intentionally or unintentionally. It’s important for those living in or next to the woods to make the right choices, also.

Whatever happened to ” Reduce, Re-use, Recycle”? Only that and population control will create a sustainable world that, also, allows wild lands and wild animals to mind their own business without exploitation or decimation by humans. “But, it isn’t good for the economy!” However, the plans to get everybody spending more is unsustainable and stupid! It’s done more damage than before. We know the rich are all for you spending your hard earned money in order to perpetuate their billionaire status. In the 1970’s there was an energy crisis and the U.S. government asked people to conserve and THEY DID and it was sucessful. But, the energy companies and dividend holders complained because they weren’t making enough profit to keep on being so excessively wealthly, so the Government helped them and let them screw us over, raising prices.

So, it can be done on one level — reduce, re-use, recycle (reduce population, too, by birth control). But, it will take a revolution, I suppose. I’m not for communism, though. That kind of revolution won’t work. Humans will never be enlightened enough for that. I think, first, economists must figure out a true, environmentally enlightened economy. Then, technology must be used to make things better for people without decimating the environment nor depleting any more wild lands. It should not be the unsustainable, planned obsolescence, junk market, instant gratification, greedy materialist economy it is now.

“Fool’s gold is stacked up all around him, from a killing in the market from the war. The children left the Midas as they found him, in his counting house where nothing counts but more.” — (song “The Door into Summer” by Chip Douglas/Bill Martin, done by The Monkees, 1967, with Mike Nesmith lead singing.)

Nothing ever changes, does it? Except it does. Careless forest fires have devastated thousands of acres that may take a hundred years to become a mature forest again, or never. Overpopulation developments destroy forever elk winter habitats. Logging in migrating songbirds’ winter forests reduces population permanently or even to extinction. Looking at Google earth, I can see that half or more of the forest is gone through logging, thinning, burning, and clearcuts. In the U.S., even though it is still public land, it is not much forest.

But, you don’t care. You feel that humans are more important. Well, I need wild animals for neighbors. A simple lifestyle in the U.S. is, ironically, too costly, if one needs, truly needs, for company and happiness, birds and trees and animals, not for exploitation, if one needs nature. But, that’s all due to the greed economy and overpopulation. Even in town, people can live a less consumerist life. Technology should be used to make life easier without depleting the environment. I think people are happier if they actually talk to each other than a device. The human interaction of a smile or a look of enjoyment of your company can’t be replaced with emoticons.

But, you still feel that humans are more important. However, others are not important for everybody except for how you serve their needs, unfortunately. Wild animals and wild lands are important to have as a place to go, not to cut trees, nor hunt and kill, but to become human again when the games and “bull” of people presses in. But, many people are afraid of nature — still, that’s no reason to destroy it for others or for the animals whose home it is. And the animals and trees and wild lands are important as biodiversity and environmental buffers (half the land should be wild and natural) against the destructive and polluting forces that human society will always create even if it can manage peace on earth, sustainable non-polluting economies, etc. Cities are a blight and always will be, but the subdivisions and any human household is just as bad, now — each home a little, permanent, toxic dump site and nature destroying energy suck-hole, even with so many “green” and “natural” products used! The ones who can afford to live in nature build ridiculous, resource depleting, over-done, conspicuous consumption, nature alterating “mansions” and they fool themselves into believing that they are “helping” the planet and living “natural”.

And, I have not okayed advertisement on my blog.

Methane, deforestation, and population

People don’t want to eat beef because of deforestation to create range land, and that’s right. And, they don’t want to eat beef because of the chemical way they are raised, including pesticide and herbicide use, and that is right. And, they don’t want to eat beef because cows emit methane which contribute to global warming, but, with nearly 8 billion people, we also contribute to global warming, not just by farts and breathing, but by burning fuels for heating, cooking, and transportation, and by industry which pollutes and creates products we really don’t need.

It isn’t just about plastics or no plastics — using paper and cardboard is just as bad. Paper and cardboard might recycle or decompose easier, but the loss of trees is probably worse than the benefits. It’s best not to use either at all! There are the compostable plastics made out of corn or potatoes. They do decompose, but I wonder in what form. I stuck a fork in the ground with the handle out and the bottom half did decompose, but I wonder if polymer compounds were still there.

First off, economy — human economy has gotten out of control. The more you buy, the more you make others rich! Why not save your money instead? The government will get their “share” anyway, and you can demand that it be used to benefit society and not just some special sector or overpaid politicians.

Second, if everyone simplified their eating habits, buying locally and using less packaged products, you could avoid contributing to excessive garbage and deforestation. Avoid buying products with palm oil since this product is a cause of deforestation. Also, it’s better to buy local organic food because big companies are cutting forests to get immediate organic certification! It’s outrageous how people pervert every thing for profit! And do they need that much profit? NO! They are just going to buy junk, use vehicles recreationally, create excessive garbage and pollution!!!

Third, birth control, people, USE it!!!!

If we eliminate all the natural sources of global warming, such as animals and ponds and organic farming, but refuse to eliminate the unnatural ones, like factories and vehicle exhaust and chemical farming, then we will just create a world where natural gasses cannot transform naturally and can cause atmospheric problems. When the world heats up, water will evaporate and excessive hydrogen could build up in the atmosphere — a potentially explosive problem. And, without forests to consume our CO2 and convert it back to oxygen that we can breathe, oxygen may be depleted in the air, bound up by other elements or vanishing in outer space through the holes in the ozone layer.

I wrote this blog last year and forgot to post it. Anyway, it’s still relevant. And, I think it is ok to eat beef — better than hunting wild animals. Yet, it’s the beef you eat that counts — local, organically grown not on public land not on newly deforested land. If someone feels that killing their own meat is important, they can get a cow, raise it and then kill it, rather than shoot a wild animal from a non-personal distance. And if they can’t do that because they live in town, perhaps we can have community service farms where one can have their meat grown for them for a fee and kill it themselves, or not (have someone else kill and butcher it for you). There must be some sustainable way to raise meat and not deplete wild populations of animals, even in the U.S. west where people erroneously think they are still plentiful.

Slow Elk season open now!!!

And I don’t mean beer! The Forest Service at 9- mile wasn’t kidding when they said they were returning the area to “historic”. First, in the mid to late 1800’s, humans logged the area of 500-600 year old larch, cedar and Doug fir, then they burned it, then they put cows on it. In a period of enlightenment, in the 1960’s to 1970’s, they finally got the cows off. It took 20-40 years to get all the barbed wire out. It’s taken 50-60 years for the forest to heal and regrow.

But, for the last several years, the F.S. has logged the biggest trees, burned and reburned, and now they put the dam cows back on public land! No wonder they wanted the native sedges, kinikinik and grouse berry out. It’s all weeds, now, and sparse non-native grasses for the dam cows. The elk haven’t even been there much since all the burns. Their food and habitat has been destroyed for cows! for human-centered historic use, so we can remember how abusive the human race is to native forests! So, forget hunting elk. It’s slow elk season, year round. We’re not getting paid for cows grazing on our land. We didn’t get paid for our public trees being logged for someone else’s profit. And we didn’t approve the waste and destruction of the F.S. thinning and burning program. Maybe we should sue the Forest Service for abuse of public lands — multiple abuse! It’s historical abuse! Young people now don’t even know how much forest we used to have. It wasn’t all vast areas burned off, or clearcut, or thinned to looking like a bad hair transplant on the hillsides. It’s no longer a forest, but a bunch of sticks sticking up with a sterile understory, a dead ecosystem. None of the diverse wildlife of the forests can live in this open, sparse landscape; no trees are even allowed branches lower than 20 feet! It’s discouraging that all the work of the 1970’s to save diversity and forest habitat has been wiped out in less than 10 years due to greed, ego, and stupity.

What forests used to look like:

What the F.S. has done to an area across from a creek, a wet area! Now, the cows will finish the job.

What is your impact on the world?

I’m reading a book, I’ll mention it in a bit. In it, I read about some people in New York city years ago who were trying to have no impact. It is impossible for a human to have no impact on the world. They kept their professional jobs, but quit driving, turned off their electricity, kept giving up things — this would have no end until one gave up life itself! Instead, ask yourself what kind of impact are you having? Humans are just toxic little waste sites, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You could give up driving if it was easy to walk to work or the store, or to use public transport. Or you could reduce your driving, make errands more efficient, keep your car in good shape, so it pollutes less and is more efficient in gas. You could quit idling your car while checking your phone messages! Plug your phone in at home! You could quit using any toxic product, quit using fragrances products, which contain solvents and fixatives to keep the fragrance lasting longer (and not listed in the ingredients, not required to!). You could reduce energy use, reduce electricity consumption, reduce consumption, period — buy less! There’s many things one could do to reduce negative impact. There’s things one could do to have a positive impact! Think about it!

This book is really good. The Good Life Lab – Radical Experiments in Hands-on Living by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. Published, 2013 by Storey Publishing, 210 MassMoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247. Here are some web links:

http://www.gaiatreehouse.com.  & http://www.thegoodlifelab.com


One could say that the subtitle could be “homesteading in a small town with a tech genius”. This isn’t your typical self-sufficiency. They make things. To quote the author, “In the pursuit of a decommodified life, I came to believe that when all of life is for sale, it is a revolutionary act to become a maker of things.” They grow their own food, make their own soap, make their own kombucha, etc., but also, make their own electronics! It’s a modern version of “homesteading”! Nothing is really given up. Instead, it is made more sustainable, using “waste stream” for a lot of it, and renewable natural resources, renewable energy, etc. They make their own bio-fuel to run their vehicles! Amazing!

So, how can you lessen your negative, polluting, wasteful impact, and make one that’s lighter, less negative or even positive?!

Camping Non-toxically

In Wendy Tremayne’s book, The Good Life Lab,  she says that modern civilization requires acculturated knowledge that has to be taught or mimicked, but can never be intuited. I never learned it! My grandparents and parents grew up on farms. I was never able to figure out “people” and their “ways”. But, I think natural ways need to be taught, too. People must be taught everything! Perhaps, they can intuit some things about nature once they learn to see and learn to learn!  It always amazes me how little common sense people have about nature. 

People’s houses in town are full of chemicals and toxic products that they dump down the drain into the aquafier. It would be good if no one used these things and kept their houses clean and free of chemicals and toxins. When you go out camping, or on a picnic in nature, don’t bring those things along!!! 

Here’s some ideas:

Don’t even use dish soap. Scrub your dish out with bread! Give it to the dog, if you don’t want it. Scrub pans with used tea bags (tea still in it) or used coffee filters and grounds, then dump it and rinse it out. If you feel it needs more sanitizing, set the pan over a flame briefly.

Don’t ever litter! Not even dental floss, not even Q-tips! Don’t litter cigarette butts! Don’t throw live butts on the ground or in the bushes. Use an ashtray and grind them out. You can burn any paper product in your campfire, including pee toilet paper. Sort your recyclables and take them home. Keep trash separate and clean.

Make sure you dig a proper toilet hole and bury it sufficiently. If you use one of those private toilet tents, keep some cold ashes and dirt in a bucket to cover it after each use. Don’t use the non-compostable synthetic handy-wipes. Use toilet paper. Be sure to fill in the toilet hole completely when you leave. I saw one that people were using. When they left and took down the toilet tent, they left a stinking, unsanitary overflowing hole! Disgusting! They should have their photos posted on the web! The toilet hole must be  100 feet from the flood line of a creek or lake. They put theirs 20 feet from it! The Forest Service won’t even come in and clean up this crap, so do it right! 

Don’t use any chemical sprays or herbicides. Minimize your use of bug spray. In some places, when you are going in the water, the authorities request that you use no bug spray or sunscreen beforehand.

Don’t ever dump gasoline or car oil anywhere. Don’t use bleach or dump it. Use biodegradable soap to wash yourself and your hands with (dish soap is unnecessary!).

Also, don’t pick wild-flowers. Don’t cut living trees. Use a campfire only if you need to, and if it is allowed — a lot of places don’t allow them anymore. They are polluting and often use up precious local trees.

Don’t run your car to run a radio or charge up a phone. Get a small solar panel! Just don’t sit there idling your car. If you are cold, or hate it there, then just go home! No one is forcing you to stay.  And, sitting in the car, running the engine is dumb anywhere, but especially in the woods, or beach, or anywhere in nature!

Respect that people want a nature that is clean and toxin- free, unlike the towns and cities. Don’t think that nature will just absorb it because of all the “fresh air”. It takes vigilance and commitment to keep the environment clean.