There exists a wild and open space on the west edge of our town. It’s called, by some, Witham Oaks and it is home to bobcats and coyotes, rabbits and snakes, deer and owls and frogs and hummingbirds. There are wetlands there and even an endangered plant called Nelson’s Checkermallow.

If you spend some time there you will have the opportunity to make some connection to the Earth; your Mother Earth.

In the coming months you will learn that an out-of-state corporation wants to pave over these wetlands and forever destroy this resource.

In my mind this is wrong because we as citizens and stewards of the Earth have a responsibility to preserve and protect the diversity of the natural environment that has been left to us by our ancestors. 

As we have inherited the Earth, so we too have a moral responsibility to hand over some of this wildness to our children and grandchildren. This won’t be easy as the correct path rarely is, but the time to start on the right path is now!

Kevin Marley

Corvallis


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