Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part Three

Figure 9 - Merced thru ForestGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

We’ve discussed what happened to Yosemite’s “sister valley,” Hetch Hetchy, less than a century ago, and how today no one even mourns that irreversible and immeasurable loss. So many voting Californians were born in other parts of the world and some still may not “get” our New World priorities of crowdlessness, individual freedom to roam and pristine wilderness in which to do it…and many more did originate here but are too far removed from our rural “fiercely independent” roots to feel the difference; they consider shivering too dear a price to pay for seeing nature sans manicure, and they tweet instead of explore, valuing cell service far above unspoiled terrain. When the question arises as to what valleys and streams to dam up next, how do you think they’ll vote? When asked to go easy on wild places–stick soda cans in pockets and protect the lives of little things like fish and plants–how much inconvenience will they accept?

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