My name is Pete Delorme.
pleased to see that you are interested in how to "Protect
Your Forest" by viewing this site. This has turned out to be more than
something we had expected, but I guess when one is passionate about
something, it can’t be ignored.
purpose for this site has always been the hope that others would
feel the same way about forests as we do and perhaps help conserve what
we have left of such a precious part of our life and environment.
grew up in a small town just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. My
backyard was a forested area and as a young child, I never realized how
much the forest meant to me. I used to build forts with my friends,
climb trees, and spend countless hours being at one with nature. Those
were some of my greatest memories.
thought of someone ruining my childhood hangout, which I enjoyed for so
many years, with garbage and potential pollution, saddens me,
say the least. I do know now, that if my backyard was a dumping ground
I would not have been able to spend my youth there.
now live in Beautiful British Columbia and when I first moved here I
could not believe that anyone could throw their full ashtray or fast
food garbage out of their car window, to me that was devastating. Ever
since then, I have always been conscious of my actions when I spent
time in the forest.
friends and I hung out in the mountains almost every weekend,
bringing food and drinks with us, but would always leave with a bag,
that we brought, filled with our garbage. We never left anything
behind; sometimes we even picked up other peoples’ trash.
never realized, back then, how much of a difference we could make by
picking up others people's litter as well. I have now seen the positive
impact that our efforts alone have made in the areas that we would
frequent. The amount of garbage and types of things that people throw
away, including glass, tires, cans, propane tanks, shell casings,
plastics, furniture and motor oil to name a few, are shocking!
statistics are staggering as to how much garbage people pollute our
forests with, and without remorse. We have met and made friends with
others who help protect our forests as we do. To me, they are special
because no one has asked or paid them to do this. They have
this from their heart and their genuine care for the future of our
have lost certain privileges; including free camping and, in some
cases, the campgrounds I loved so much have been closed due
much garbage and ignorance.
are some sites now, including a very popular hot spring, which
now charges because they could not keep up with the cleaning. They
needed to hire others to come and clean after irresponsible campers.
Soon, some of these places may close altogether and restrict access
completely to these beautiful sites.
hope you will join us in preventing this from happening, to preserve and protect what forest we do have left. We lose
enough of it yearly due to fire and clear cutting from logging to
fulfill the demand for construction.
Do respond to me! I want to know your thoughts! Check out my "contact" page and thanks again!