Today is Earth Day. It coincides with something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to lately, which is stewardship of our open spaces. I’m sure most of you would agree that one of the most amazing things about Eagle Mountain is the open space we have all around us. I absolutely love the fact that we have access to practically every type of outdoor recreation we could possibly want within 10 minutes of every home in the city. No matter where you live, you can ride horses, go for a walk, skateboard, bike, mountain bike, trail run, or ride off-road vehicles. We are truly blessed to have such opportunities in our backyard.
As our city grows and more people use these open spaces, we have to make some decisions about how we will take care of these places and how we will preserve them. If we don’t exercise stewardship of these open spaces, then we run the risk of losing them altogether. The open spaces we enjoy are not owned (for the most part) by the City. The lands are owned by School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration, private owners, and the Bureau of Land Management. Recently a resident-led group of volunteers decided that they wanted to take steps to clean up the trash they noticed in Hidden Valley. My daughter and I and many others participated in the trash clean up and the result can be seen in the picture below.
I share this with you because today is a great day to think about what a blessing we truly have in our outdoor spaces. Keeping these places clean for all to enjoy is not the responsibility of an organization, or the government, or an individual. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to exercise stewardship over the gifts we have in Eagle Mountain. As the saying goes, many hands make light work! In the case of keeping Eagle Mountain clean, we can all do our part. Whether it be picking up a paper that blows out of your neighbors trash can, or picking up trash for a day in open space areas, I hope we can all renew our efforts to take good care of the place we call home. Eagle Mountain is a beautiful place and I think we can all agree that we want it to stay that way. So, happy Earth Day to you, and I hope you get out and enjoy the third rock from the sun today. When you do, would you mind taking a trash bag with you?