by Theodore Roosevelt
"While it is necessary to give this word of warning to those who, in praising time past, always forget the opportunities of the present, it is a thousand fold more necessary to remember that these opportunities are, nevertheless, vanishing; and if we are a sensible people, we will make it our business to see that the process of extinction is arrested.
At the present moment the great herds of caribou are being butchered, as in the past the great herds of bison and wapiti have been butchered. Every believer in manliness and therefore, in manly sport, and every lover of nature, every man who appreciates the majesty and beauty of the wilderness and of wildlife, should strike hands with the farsighted men who wish to preserve our material resources, in the effort to keep our forests and our game beasts, game-birds, and game-fish—indeed, all the living creatures of the prairie and woodland and seashore—from wanton destruction.
By Ben Long
I was reintroduced to an old friend this fall - someone I had not heard from in 25 years.
That friend was the legendary outdoor writer Ted Trueblood, 1913-1982. Given the wonders of the Internet, I tracked down a copy of his out-of-print The Ted Trueblood Hunting Treasury. I wore out my first copy back in high school. My new find was so moldy it makes me sneeze to read it.
Revising those pages, I was taken not only by the quality of Trueblood's advice about the outdoors, but by the quality of his advice about life itself.
Trueblood was associated with Field & Stream magazine from 1937-77. Growing up an outdoorsy kid in Idaho, I learned to read, and love to read, on his prose, along with that of fellow Idaho outdoor writer Jack O'Connor.
From: Wallace Stegner
Los Altos, Calif.
December 3, 1960
To: David E. Pesonen
Wildland Research Center
Agricultural Experiment Station
243 Mulford Hall
University of California
Dear Mr. Pesonen:
I believe that you are working on the wilderness portion of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission's report. If I may, I should like to urge some arguments for wilderness preservation that involve recreation, as it is ordinarily conceived, hardly at all. Hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain-climbing, camping, photography, and the enjoyment of natural scenery will all, surely, figure in your report. So will the wilderness as a genetic reserve, a scientific yardstick by which we may measure the world in its natural balance against the world in its man-made imbalance. What I want to speak for is not so much the wilderness uses, valuable as those are, but the wilderness idea, which is a resource in itself. Being an intangible and spiritual resource, it will seem mystical to the practical minded--but then anything that cannot be moved by a bulldozer is likely to seem mystical to them.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead.