It was determined the forests, lakes and mountains, raging rivers and howling wildlife of the region were of greater human weight, if they remained intact in a natural state, rather than being packed out as industrial freight.
This concept is still easy to grasp, especially when it is considered from atop a mountaintop lookout, or while paddling upon a stillwater pond. However, the focus becomes increasingly fuzzy when there’s a family to feed, a house to heat or land taxes due.
The region’s most contentious challenge will continue to be the ongoing effort to balance a perpetual protection of natural resources, with the preservation of a unique breed of people. Optimistically, I believe we’ll rebound, like the earth’s crust below!
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org