Originally Posted by BCJ
Why should a group of people trying to make a living off their land be ashamed? In my mind it's nice to see the fields leveled, irrigation brought in, some animals grazing, and something being done with that old ranch. The gravel extraction is only temporary.
As an old river rat, who was actually alive and running when they corked Glen Canyon and the Dolores, I hate to see rivers and the area around them "modernized"
At the same time, I can't tell land owners to stand down, leave the land in it's natural state just for me and my fellow rats, cause in most cases we're around about 4 months of the year. And rarely contribute more than our beer and maybe some trash, never cash in any meaningful way.
There is a happy medium here, if we can get off our "holier than thou, only true guardian of the land" high horse and look at it from the other guy's point of view. I mean, they are the ones who actually pay the taxes on the land.