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Living In The Wilderness In Harmony With Nature

Cynda LeTullierWhen people move out to the wilderness, they are moving into the wildlife's domain. Because God gave man dominion over God's creation, it puts man in the responsibility to be a good steward of nature.

We must live in harmony with nature and care for the environment as well. The wilderness has wild animals that can become destructive, therefore one must take special care not to desensitize ("tame") or endanger the wildlife.

Living in harmony with wildlife means taking necessary precautions such as keeping a clean homesite (or camp) so as not to draw in predatory animals (bears, etc.) as well as putting a fence around gardens to keep out the wildlife.

Moose visitors in the night - but they quickly disappeared into the  forest.

Moose visitors in the night – but they quickly disappeared into the forest.

Caring for the environment is also part of living in harmony with nature. When cutting firewood, choosing dead, damaged or diseased trees helps to make a healthy forest. Taking only what one needs as it is needed and making sure not to waste also preserves the land. Sticking to paths keeps from destroying the environment as well.

Photographing wildlife instead of killing it leaves it to live another day and is an easier way to keep memories than a stuffed trophy. Killing everything you see is bad stewardship. It's one thing to take what you need for food (abiding by local hunting laws) but killing for killing sake or just for a trophy is selfish and cruel. My dad use to say "There are only three reasons to take the life of an animal: 1) for food/necessity, 2) protecting life/property, and 3) for humane reasons if the animal is suffering.

If one is careful there is no need to have wildlife become a nuisance – and all can live in harmony. Living in harmony with nature, enjoying God's creation brings joy into the soul and music into the heart.

Living in the wilderness is hard work, but it is enjoyable and rewarding if one lives in harmony with nature.

Denali - enjoying the view is pleasant.

Enjoying the view of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The peak is Mount McKinley, which stands at 20,320 feet, the tallest peak in North America.

 

cynda
8/7/2015 3:46:45 PM

Thank you NebraskaDave for your comments ~ yes it can be difficult living in harmony when it comes to gardening ~ fences help especially putting electric wire with your other fencing ~ my dad use to plant a garden just for the wildlife besides our family garden ~ this does help IF the family garden is fenced.


nebraskadave
8/7/2015 9:44:45 AM

Cynda, living in harmony with wild life is a challenge for gardeners. Wild life has no boundaries and they think that my garden is a buffet just for them. They are not too tidy either. They nibble a little of this and a little of that but never all of one thing. I'm waging battle with the raccoons and the sweet corn. They seem to just know when I'm going to harvest the corn and strip it the night before. My six foot wooden fence is nearing completion. It will keep the deer out. For the raccoons which can climb wooden fences so I've been told, I'm planning on surrounding the corn patch next year with a four foot chicken fence and a portable electric fence. Hopefully, that will give me the first chance at the sweet corn. ***** Have a great harmony with nature day.