COLLINS – The mentality of those using backcountry needs to be questioned

(Image: Frank Ritcey)

I GREW UP in the northern part of B.C. I spent time on the Islands off the coast of Prince Rupert. I spent time up the Nass River Valley, Babine Lake, and many more of the most scenic areas I have ever been in.

I have spent time travelling through many other parts of the province, seeing the splendor that we have been blessed with. Many others share the awe of that scenery.

But there are others who are uncaring about the future of this land. They are those who would dump garbage in the back country, somehow thinking they’re getting away with something. Or chewing up the grasslands because of some great desire to find virgin territory to destroy.

These people are not fit to be in those areas.


Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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2 Comments on COLLINS – The mentality of those using backcountry needs to be questioned

  1. Doug Collins…I blink and there it is the stunning irony of not being able to see the forest for the trees…right?
    Sure it is awful to see them affluent rednecks dumping garbage in pristine area or trashing ecologically sensitive area with their expensive and obnoxious motorized toys. But really I wonder, don’t they live in a jurisdiction where the stewardship of the land is never really been a top priority for a certain government under a certain party for which you were one of the most ardent supporters?
    One of the most powerful didactic tool is to lead by example. Stewardship of the land and by extension environmental protection is a wholesome, all-encompassing endeavor and it should be taught in schools and should be practiced throughout the social and economic fabric of our everyday lives without loss of continuity. You can’t lament incivility when you promote incivility!

  2. Alan Forseth // January 7, 2018 at 1:44 PM // Reply

    With the exception of the following paragraph, which is a blatant, and misguided generalization (you’re better than that Doug), this is a great editorial

    ” …these are the same people who don’t understand the importance of stewardship of our resources. They are the same people who have no regard of the rights of others, who tell the “bleeding hearts” to take their whining somewhere else.. “

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