"Man cannot at his pleasure command the rain and the sunshine, the wind and frost and snow, yet it is certain that climate itself has in many instances been gradually changed and ameliorated or deteriorated by human action."
George Perkins Marsh, Vermonter and Environmental Pioneer, 1847
Over 150 years ago, long before any organized environmental movement was in existance, a Vermont Congressman spoke these prescient words to a gathering of farmers in Rutland. George Perkins Marsh would go on to pen Man and Nature, one of the earliest environmental treatises written. Although his language sounds dense and dated to the modern ear, his words could not be more timely. And while he laments the human impact on natural equilibrium, Marsh goes on to call for action:
"The improvement of forest trees is the work of centuries. So much more the reason for beginning now."
The Agency of Natural Resources invites you to join us in the stewardship of the natural world.
Respect. Protect. Enjoy.
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