We are stewards, not owners, of nature

I thoroughly enjoyed and “huzzah!’d” several articles and opinion pieces in the March/April Explorer, but none more so than Phillip Terrie’s insightful (and prophetic) Viewpoint on the cumulative impact of development, which is the Achilles’ heel of the Adirondack Park Agency, and the sound, humane argument against the trapping and hunting of one of our most magnificent mammals, the bobcat, in Larry Master’s Viewpoint.

Both articles serve to sustain my belief that at least a few other of my species share the same deeply held convictions that we don’t “own” the land nor the animals that inhabit it, but that we should rise to the realization that we are, or should be, the humble stewards of both.

My hat—er, toque—is off to both writers.

James E. Close, Mechanicville

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