“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” ~ Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold, 1887-1948, author of Sand County Almanac, is associated with the development of modern environmental ethics and wilderness conservation. Leopold’s words are as relatable to the actions of elected officials today, as they were in his lifetime. Please refer to the December 12, 2018 article concerning the sale of public lands near national parks and monuments in Utah. Hubris and financial greed should not determine the fate of America’s public lands. Voice concerns to one’s legislative representatives. Silence signifies approval of the exploitation and degradation of America’s national treasures.