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11/27/2012 1:15:00 PM
Letter: Always leave them like you would like to find them


Tom O’Halleran gives a lot of good information about Fossil Creek and makes an important point about Arizona not having a great history of protecting its riparian habitats. Many of our once perennial streams now flow only after a rain event, if at all.

Many people do not realize how important riparian areas are to our state. Over 80 percent of Arizona’s wildlife depend on riparian areas for all or part of their life cycles. Our riparian areas including the Verde River and its tributaries that draw many visitors who contribute to our economy. Riparian areas also provide tranquil refuges that allow us to refresh our spirits.

We need to be vigilant against threats to our remaining riparian areas. These include excessive ground water pumping, unwise use of surface waters, chemical contamination and finally, abuse by human visitors.

The easiest of these threats to combat is the careless destruction inflicted by human visitors.  I have passed near Fossil Creek many times and found the area overrun by people and the trash they leave behind.

The trash eventually makes its way into Fossil Creek, polluting not only Fossil Creek but also the Verde River it flows into. It is important that we practice a “Leave No Trace” philosophy when we visit these treasures.

Always leave them like you would like to find them.

Chris Jensen  


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Marika Vaaranen

I live by the amazing and beautiful Verde River and go for frequent walks. The amount of trash left behind by people not respecting nature is astounding. There aught to be a high fine for anyone caught littering. Plastic bags and bottles are not only unsightly, they cause the death of birds and animals. Without the natural waterways including the Verde River there would be no life in this valley, please teach your children to respect her and don't let your friends litter.

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