Richmond Times-Dispatch outdoor columnist Andy Thompson has taken ownership of the James River Park. I wrote this past summer about how I had taken ownership of Pony Pasture and often go to the river for walks with my trusty bucket to snag any trash or recycling that I see. Andy had some great notes in his column and showed off his vast outdoors library:
Humans being what we are, litter always will be with us. That’s not to say I celebrate its existence, just that I know that removing it might be the single easiest way to make the world more beautiful and is, to boot, a darn good excuse for a walk in the woods.
In “Keeping America’s Trees Safe From Small-Curd Bubble Wrap,” author Ian Frazier detailed his weeklong journey with friends along the Mississippi River removing plastic bags and other refuse from trees.
Writes Frazier: “As a companionable outdoor pastime, bagging is ideal. It carries a bit of the willful excitement of vandalism, yet is its opposite. It lets you go places where people would otherwise stop you. . . . It establishes small pieces of the country – the particular places where you have snagged bags – firmly in your mind. You feel differently about a place once you have snagged there. And when you take a big piece of plastic from a tree, you affect the look of the landscape in a dramatic way.”