Saving a little for the future
June 21, 2012
There was once a mining town named Aurora.
Located in the mountains northeast of Bodie, Aurora was founded in 1860 and was a contemporary of Virginia City and Austin.
It’s most notable resident during those early boom years was Samuel Clemens, who sent dispatches to the Territorial Enterprise from the town southwest of Hawthorne.
Built of brick, the town existed, like Bodie, in a state of arrested decay. But those bricks sowed the destruction of the town, because people decided they wanted the antique bricks to build fireplaces and such.
Now there’s not much left of Aurora, because people thought, “I’ll just take a few bricks, what harm can one person do?”
Not far from where Aurora once stood, two Holbrook men face charges for poaching a doe. Because she was pregnant with two fawns, whomever killed her cost the world three deer.
This isn’t about the death of a deer, it’s about respecting public property. People paid for the privilege of hunting her kind, and that money went to help preserve the population for future generations.
As a society, we always face a choice between consumption and preservation. The men who killed the deer face penalties far in excess of the benefit they would gain from the deer for a reason.
We’ve decided that wildlife, our history, our culture is part of why we live here, part of what makes us Nevadans and Americans.
One more dead deer, or vandalized historical site, or trashed public space doesn’t do that much damage in the overall scheme of things. But it does diminish the legacy we leave for future generations.