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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”

–Edward Abbey

Field Report July 20th, 2009

It’s been busy around these parts as we compile components for the Thinking Like a Watershed project. I had a wonderful interview last week with Dr. Andrew Gulliford, an author, historian, and professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fo

rt Lewis College. He recently came back from a trip to clean up the banks along Lake Powell where he and his fellow trash collectors discovered (and disposed of) 59,000 pounds of garbage including countless golf balls, a marine battery, enough tires and rims to outfit a fleet of semis, a refrigerator, and a box of human feces. Yuck. And buy cheap viagra though it saddens me that the 1,960 miles of shoreline at Lake Powell have become a glorified trash receptacle, it was heartening to learn about Trash Tracker, a co-operative effort between the National Park Service (NPS) and Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (ARAMARK) to

clean up Lake Powell’s desecrated shores.

I asked him about the main troubles facing the rivers in the Four Corners region and was met with succinct and powerful answers, namely that listening to our elders, Hispano, Anglo, Native American, and otherwise is going to be crucial to cultural preservation, and in turn, human survival.

I’m now preparing for an interview with Jim Dyer, a local permaculturalist who is active in the local, regional and national agricultural movement. He directs the Southwest Marketing Network, an effort to increase marketing expertise and opportunities for Four Corners farmers and ranchers. He is also actively involved in promoting Farm to School programs. Oh how I look forward to picking his brain.

That’s all for now, but one last thought for the day: water = life. Without it there is no chance of survival. How can we start living more sustainably within our watersheds?

May you have a productive and joyful week, and, as always, thank you for reading.

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