The defrauding that John Muir was speaking of in this letter had nothing to do with money and everything to do with the open space that was the Hetch-Hetchy Valley; a pristine wilderness and virtual twin to the neighboring Yosemite Valley, one of the most beloved parks in our country’s National Park System. Unfortunately, John Muir’s call fell on deaf ears in Congress and today the beauty of Hetch-Hetchy is buried beneath a reservoir and is a monument to how irrevocable and irrecoverable a natural resource is once it’s lost.
It’s unfair to compare the Hiddenbrooke to either the Hetch-Hetchy or Yosemite Valleys, but the story does illustrate an important truth: once a pristine landscape is developed there’s no way to return it to its former glory. It’s lost forever. And, in the event that some future generation decides to return a lost treasure to its original state, the cost to recover that treasure is far greater than what it would have cost to save it in the first place. What John Muir understood that most of his contemporaries did not is that once an area of open space is lost to development and modernization, it is lost forever
The residents of Beacon have a unique opportunity come November 7th. An opportunity to preserve a uniquely beautiful piece of property. An opportunity to personally enjoy a near wilderness within walking distance of their homes. An opportunity to save for the future one of the last unspoiled landscapes inside the Beacon City limits. An opportunity to open that piece of property to public use and personal enjoyment from now until many years into the future.Vote YES on the Hiddenbrooke referendum on Tuesday.