We are lucky to live in an area with great natural resources.
There is Lake Martin with all it offers – swimming, fishing, making memories with loved ones. We have our rivers and streams leading to more fishing and hunting and other outdoor activities.
But when we look closer, we are not taking the simple opportunities to take care of what we have. We are abusing roads meant for us all to access the outdoors. A few are leaving them impassable in places. A few are leaving litter behind in places that could be closed off due to the abuse.
Why? Have we forgotten the golden rule for the outdoors? “Leave only footprints.”
Our roadsides are littered with trash. In some cases, it is making its way to the water.
Do we need harsher penalties for those who break the law or take advantage of the system?
Are we lazy?
Look around; every opportunity is afforded us to dispose of trash properly. There are trash cans at the stores where we purchase gas. There are dumpsters provided by the Tallapoosa County Commission to help with trash at our homes. Let’s not dump it illegally on our roadways.
If we don’t take care of what we have, it could be closed in the future. It could be closed to our grandchildren.
Do you want only to share stories of your memories in the outdoors with your children and grandchildren or do you want to create new memories with your family?
The choices are yours to make and your actions will answer the question.