Help Me Keep Our Natural Areas Clean…


Fishing, hiking and exploring the natural areas around where I live are some of my favorite pass-times. I find endless inspiration for my writing in these places. Moments after snapping the picture below, my best friend and I were treated to the sight of a bald eagle flying overhead, as a blue heron plucked fish from the water a mere 15 feet to the left of us. This is an area called Sandy Slough, and just on the other side of the treeline is Lock and Dam No. 25 on the Mississippi River.


However, what you can’t see is the staggering amount of trash and discarded fishing gear that litters nearly every inch of this amazingly beautiful place. Beer cans, water bottles, empty bait containers and even the leftovers of someone’s Chinese take-out met us at each step. The tiny stretch of rocks you see had to be cleaned of trash before I could snap the shot. We removed two full bags of trash from this site, which didn’t even make a dent in the amount present.


This photo is of a public lake, one of four in the heart of a moderately sized suburban town with a major highway just on the other side of the treeline. Again, before we could cast our first line into the water, the area had to be cleared of refuse just so we had a place to set up, or even stand near the water.


 These are incredible places that are maintained and kept as natural as possible for our enjoyment. Please join me in keeping these places clean and free of trash and other debris. It only takes a moment to pick up a few cigarette butts and deposit them into an empty water or soda bottle. Take an extra plastic bag with you, as I do, each time you go to one these locations, and remove any trash you can, even if you didn’t bring it. And for those defiling these places with your discarded waste, laziness and disrespect… stop, or stay away.

Don’t just leave these areas as you found them, leave them better than you found them, by helping to keep them clean and as natural as they can be…

We must respect and protect our natural world, lest we find ourselves without anything natural left in the world…



New Short Stories and more at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!!!

Wish Witch CoverErrant Shot CoverMythical Cover-2Blue-Green Cover

Tycho CoverCycle Cover3 Simple CoverUndergroundAnitte Cover

SmashwordsiTunesAmazon Barnes & Noble

Thanks for dropping by!



3 responses to “Help Me Keep Our Natural Areas Clean…

  1. Seems you have the same problem as exists here in Andalucia. We’ve tried several efforts to clean up round here, but it appears most people don’t even notice what they’re doing to their own environment. Every little helps, and I only hope your efforts encourage others. All the best.

  2. I’m pleased to report that I returned to the area a week later to find it nearly clear of debris. Unfortunately, the pair of gentlemen fishing near us decided to leave a collection of beer bottles to keep the cycle going. A very sad issue that I plan to keep addressing however I can…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s