I love to fish. I live to fish. And I want to ensure future generations have many opportunities to spend quality time on the water. That’s why I’m a steward.
Here’s how I live my life:
- I recycle everything I possibly can recycle—newspaper, junk mail, plastic, glass, and cardboard.
- I accumulate one small bag (Walmart size) of trash about every month or so.
- I compost. Fruit and vegetable wastes go onto my land to enrich the soil.
- I don’t use fertilizer or pesticides on my lawn. In fact, “lawn” might not be the proper word for my yard. A portion of it gets mowed every couple of weeks, but the rest remains natural.
- Along my lakeshore, I maintain a buffer zone to prevent erosion.
- When branches occasionally break off the big oak trees on my property, I place them on brush piles I have scattered around as refuges for birds and small animals. If they fall into the water, I leave them there as habitat for fish and turtles.
- I conserve energy by turning off lights, closing doors, etc.
- I fix dripping faucets promptly, and I don’t leave the water running as I brush my teeth.
- I drive a car that gets 36 miles per gallon.
- I pick up other people’s trash.
- I report polluters.
- I am a member of Recycled Fish, a conservation organization devoted to living a life of stewardship because we all live downstream.