9 comments on “Vantage Lost: The Everitt Memorial Vista

  1. It seems ludicrous to “harvest” timber to restore a view that only existed in the first place due to the clear-cutting of the original forest. The perspective that the panoramic view is being “lost” to the forest is erroneous. The original view, the one of the forest, is in the process of being restored. Would it not be better to let the majestic forests of Mt Shasta come back and enjoy the views where they are found?

    • First off, I hope that it is obvious from the scope of this site that I encourage people to venture out and discover views wherever they can find them. Furthermore, I think it is readily apparent that I am in favor of preserving the wilderness throughout the area. That said, I think it is anti-human to advocate against limited modification of a small area in order to restore a great vista. The restoration’s footprint would be small. Moreover, I think it is callous to oppose the improving the vista’s view. After John Everitt died, building the vista was chosen as the fitting means of memorializing his sacrifice fighting the fire. When the observation deck was built, the area had just been burned over, opening the forest canopy and permitting the great view. The forest has since restored itself after the fire but I do not think limited modification to maintain the memorial is inappropriate. If anything, it is in the spirit of Everitt’s forestry ethic. Lastly, this is not an issue that is limited to Mount Shasta. Many famous views in places like Yosemite are suffering from the encroaching trees. We absolutely want healthy forests but selective cuts to maintain these incredible views is beneficial. If nothing else, those folks who are physically unable to venture into difficult terrain are able to perceive the land’s tremendous beauty and be influenced to use their resource and vote to protect the landscape. Surely we are not opposed to that?

  2. Richard-

    Personally, I believe these these kind of vistas are incredibly important, maybe for no other reason than Bubba pointed out; the enjoyment of people who otherwise wouldn’t be physically capable of reaching these breathtaking vistas. I also believe it can serve as a spark in children, or anyone for that matter with a sense of curiosity. A curiosity for unknown wilds and a sense of adventure. These vistas also serve as a classroom. Many times have I looked from similiar vistas and studied the drainages and wondered where particular bodies of water may lie. It’s from this kind spark which has led me to explore our vast wilderness areas here in N. California. From my explorations I’ve come to understand and appreciate the rhythms and wonders of nature a little more. This appreciation has created in me a desire to keep these special places safe, and to protect them, so my children can experience them later in their lives if they choose to do so. I can’t say that I have personally made great strides in the preservation of our wild lands, but I can say that I have picked up my share of trash in the woods. I also bury my business deep and pack out my tp.

    So from my experience, protected and reachable vistas, such as the Everitt Memorial Vista, breeds curiosity. Curiosity fuels exploration. Exploration nurtures understanding and appreciation. Born from this understanding and appreciation comes the realization of the necessity for preservation.

    Cheers,
    Bryian

  3. I guess i am just callous. I am not anti human, but I do not believe this is an anthropocentric universe. There are a lot of views out there to be found, even for those who are unable or unwilling to leave the comfort of their automobiles. My opinion is that cutting trees to restore a view that was created by clearcutting and fires for people who cant or wont get out of their cars is very old paradigm..

      • Wow. I am fine with the agreement to disagree. However declaring the the right to ones own opinion is an old paradigm is troubling, to say the least. Are you saying that in this Brave New World we should all have the same opinion on things?

      • I was making the point that paradigms are not wrong or “ludicrous” simply by virtue of being old. You have the right to your opinion. I affirm that right. That is a right that is based on an old paradigm.

  4. I am always pleased to learn the history behind things in our modern world, and this was worth learning. I was raised in a U.S. Forest Service family and always hold a place in my heart for people who take care of forests (to the best of their ability despite Washington, D.C. always thinking they know what’s best for us), and for those who fight forest fires.

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