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Our natural world

There are many things happening in the world that concern me.

One subject of importance to me is that of the environment.

I am particularly worried about the lack of concern for future generations of this area, which I see demonstrated daily through the recent developments of RV and car dealerships, huge hotels, plans to reopen the Idaho- Maryland Mine, the never-ending increase of homes built in animal territories, and the willingness of people to cut down trees on their land for various reasons.

Tonight I read of another particular incident which is about to fall into effect. The deforestation by Sierra Pacific of an area outside the Malakoff area that will directly affect the humbug trail and our precious South Yuba River.

I am a fifth generation resident to Nevada County. I feel myself fortunate to have been able to grow into adulthood in such a beautiful area of forested land with a plenitude of hiking trails.

However, many people do not find themselves so fortunate. Throughout my adulthood, I have lived in many regions of California and found everywhere else lacking in natural surroundings in comparison to our county.

My career is closely linked to bringing children from cities to this area, for small periods of time, to help them develop an understanding and appreciation of what the world may have been like before we interfered with the greed for gold, the construction of roadways, homes, businesses and other enterprises.

These children always stand amazed at what they find themselves to be missing out on. Given one chance to live for a week without any electronic devices or media, these kids seldom want to return to their lives outside of the forest and all its beauty within.

If this pattern of disregard for the future of our environment continues, the balance necessary to maintain a healthy ecosystem to support future generations of animals and plant species will fail.

It is for these reasons, among others, that I ask you to think of our future and what we will leave behind for the children we are creating.

I am tired of seeing frog bodies float along the surface of our local creeks. It is exhausting to retreat to the Yuba and bring back with me more trash than I can carry in one armload.

My great-great-grandparents lived in this forest (on Lake Olympia, in the Brunswick basin) and never worried that their future generations, you and me, would be able to enjoy the wonder of this incredibly rich and sacred environment.

If only I could feel so sure that our future generations will be able to experience the same pleasure and beauty given freely from natural sources of river, forest and life.


Tamara Luckinbill is a lifelong Nevada County resident.

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