It was a quiet day on the Metolius River in central Oregon yesterday. Well, all the days are. Cell phone reception is blessedly non-existent. The Bend Bulletin was way late in being delivered to the Camp Sherman store, so I biked two miles from our cabin for nothing.
We biked down to the end of the road in the afternoon. I stood for quite a while tuning into this horse standing in a beautiful Ponderosa filled pasture. Eventually I got the message: "Save the Metolius from destination resorts."
My sentiments exactly.
Senate Bill 30 is still alive and kicking in the Oregon legislature. It would prohibit destination resorts within three miles of the Metolius basin. Save the Metolius.org has the details. Including how to tell legislators that some special places absolutely have to be off limits to greed-based development.
As Sen. Ben Westlund says so eloquently, the Metolius is one of those places. If you don't believe him, browse some of the 213 letters (and counting) sent to a Central Oregon Landwatch blog in support of Senate Bill 30.
They're passionate about keeping thousands of homes and tens of thousands of people from wrecking the fragile ecosystem of one of the most beautiful places on Earth. One posting on the blog is from me.
I've got a month-old granddaughter. She's growing up in Hollywood. A fine place, with beauties of its own. But I'm really looking forward to walking with her along the Metolius. An unspoiled Metolius.
A Metolius where the big entertainment of the afternoon is watching another horse scratch its butt against a tree trunk. We've got to preserve places like this for our children and grandchildren. We have to.
Take a moment, scroll down this page, and find email addresses for Oregon state senators. Tell the leadership, and your senator if you live in Oregon, to pass Senate Bill 30.
You could mention that even the horses on the Metolius are saying, "We won't take naaayyyy for an answer."