In light of the recent One Wasatch unveiling, a reminder of conservationist Aldo Leopold’s 1949 essay "The Land Ethic" is sorely needed ("Ski resort GMs line up to back ‘One Wasatch’," Tribune, March 19). For reasons both scientific and moral, Leopold called for the same amount of respect in our treatment of land that we would show in our treatment of other human beings. Perhaps if we view the Wasatch Mountains as our neighbors, not as our commodity, the preservation of this irreplaceable environment stands a chance.
Sadly, 65 years later, the greater public consciousness is still struggling to embrace Leopold’s ideal. By stepping away from One Wasatch, Utahns have the chance to exemplify "The Land Ethic" for locals, tourists and future generations worldwide. Now that would truly be a service unrivaled by any other ski industry.
So please, stop and consider Leopold’s wisdom, which remains urgent and relevant today. "Recreational development," he would remind us, "is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind."
Salt Lake City
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