As a species, human beings are profoundly talented at trashing up land, water and air.We are also capable of cleaning up the mess we make when we set our minds to it.A local case in point is Miranda …
As a species, human beings are profoundly talented at trashing up land, water and air.
We are also capable of cleaning up the mess we make when we set our minds to it.
A local case in point is Miranda Canyon, a beautiful stretch of public land - 5,000 acres of it - south of Taos. The property was purchased by the Carson National Forest several years ago.
It is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. It is important for local irrigation ditches and for wildlife migrating through.
But, as a story by Cindy Brown this week details, Miranda Canyon is plagued by people dumping trash, scrawling graffiti and tearing up the landscape by off-roading. A group of hard-working volunteers known as the Miranda Canyon Commission - with representatives from Taos and Picuris Pueblos, acequias, a land grant, ranchers, plus equestrian, environmental, youth and motorized recreation groups and county reps - have tried to keep the popular area cleaned up. They've held trash pickup days, talked to people dumping trash and tried to discourage off-roading. Now they are working on a plan to stop the damage.
Some of the damage is irreparable, such as graffiti spray-painted onto the ancient rock walls along the canyon.
One proposal is to close the area off to motorized vehicles for a year while the commission seeks public input and devises a plan. The commission is holding two important events for the public. One is a field trip to Miranda Canyon set for Saturday (Oct. 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at the Llano Quemado Community Center. The second is a public meeting Nov. 7 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Llano Quemado Community Center. You can also participate in a survey regarding the future of Miranda Canyon.
These are important ways to have your voice heard. If you enjoy Miranda Canyon and want to help protect it for future generations, participate in these events.
This is an opportunity to prove humans can do more than just destroy the landscapes around them. People can preserve, protect and help heal landscapes as well.
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