Monthly Bulletin of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, Texas*
Vol. 2, No.lC
The bubbling brook doth leap when I come by,
Because my feet find measure with Its call; ",
The birds know when the friend they love is nigh,
For I am known to them, both great and small.
The flower that on the lonely hillside grows
Expects me there when spring its bloom has given;
And many a tree and bush my wanderings knows,
And e'en the clouds and silent stars of heaven.
For he who with his Master walks aright,
C^hall be their lord, as Adam was before;
His ear shall catch each sound with new delight,
Each object wears the dress that then it wore;
And he, as when erect in soul he stood,
Hear from his Father's lips that all is good.
-- Jones Very.
The Save The Redwoods League, in perpetuating impressive
stands of "Big Trees" In the West, for the edification of future
generations, has established a precedent that may well be followed
by nature lovers and conservationists in setting aside and dedicating to posterity some fitting examples of the magnificent Holly
forests still existing In the South. Unless such action is taken
soon, the golden opportunity will be gone. Scattered fragments
of these groves may continue to exist for years, when the remaining
supply has dwindled to the point where it no longer has any commercial value, but the splendid stands of Holly that form such valuable
features of our scenery will quickly disappear before the steady
march of progress in the rapidly developing South.
We can advance no better argument than to quote from the
address of Prof. Henry Vincent Hubbard, of the American Society of
Landscape Architects, before the National Conference on 0uta<5§r ";K
Recreation, in May, 1924:
"As man has increased on the face of the earth, the amount
of actually wild landscape has decreased, and in our time it is decreasing at an enormously accelerated rate, so that the unhampered
expressions of nature's forces which were formerly almost the inevitable environment of man, remain only In Inaccessible and inhospitable places, and even there they are rapidly passing away before
the transforming forces of man's enterprise, A possession of inestimable value to mankind, which once was so common that it went
unheeded, is now becoming in our country so rare that we are beginning to appreciate its preciousness. The responsibility rests
upon us, as it has never rested upon any generation of men before,
to see to it that some scattered remnants of natural character and
natural beauty, which we still have left to us, are preserved for
the recreation and inspiration of the generations to come. This is
not a duty that can be put upon the shoulders of our successors; the
destruction of this natural beauty is imminent; unless it is definitely controlled, It is Inevitable; and once destroyed, once put Into
the possession of man and adapted to his uses, this beauty in its
highest manifestations is destroyed forever, and no late repentance
no expenditure of money, however great, will bring back to our sue-'
cessors what we can now so readily acquire and so easily preserve."
Welcome, Izaak Walton League of America!
• _ _ The or8anization of a chapter of the Izaak Walton League
in Houston is a cause.that should receive the earnest support of
every citizen who appreciates what outdoor life has meant lhJt_!e'Cfici0':
making of America. It may be that some have hesitated to give
their unqualified approval because the -League is mainly an organization of sportsmen, and in the past many such organizations have
been characterized by policies far from broad and constructive.
The achievements, the principles, and the leadership of the Izaak
Walton League, both local and national, give promise of the ultimar-P
accomplishment of the League's pledge f'to Restore for Posteritv thl
Outdoor America of our Ancestors". That's work that is worthwhile