Where Does Your Treasure Lie? – How Preserving Native Species has become a Religion

Titcomb Basin – Wind River Range
USFS Photo

Updated 11/29/12-

The Wind River Mountains in Wyoming are a mountain chain 150 miles long reaching heights of over 13,000 feet.  This rugged wilderness contains over two-thousand crystal clear alpine lakes in hundreds of rock basins carved out by glaciation.  The incredibly diverse trout fishery of the range is unsurpassed anywhere on earth.  But it wasn’t always so.

A hundred years ago very few water bodies in the Wind River range were inhabited by fish. The vast majority of  high mountain lakes were isolated by steep canyons and impassable waterfalls.  In the 1930’s Wyoming legend Finis Mitchell began taking deliveries of trout fingerlings from local fish hatcheries.  Mitchell packed two five gallon milk jugs full of fish on each of his six horses and headed up into the high country.  In seven years, Finis Mitchell stocked 314 alpine lakes with an estimated two and a half million trout.  While favoring the “native” Cutthroat, Mitchell also stocked lakes with a variety of “non-native” trout species including Rainbow, Brook, California Golden, German Brown and Arctic Grayling.

The trout successfully reproduced and expanded into 700 additional waterways creating an unparallelled fisherman’s paradise.   If the rainbows aren’t biting at one lake, all one has to do is scramble a half-mile or so into the next lake basin where feisty Brookies or a stringer full of Cutthroat await.  But if environmental extremists and REWILDING proponents have their way, this unique fishery may soon become extinct.

“In the wilderness man learns to have faith in his Creator.”

-Finis Mitchell (1901-1995)

The precedent for trout removal from wilderness areas was set twelve years ago when National Park biologist Harold Werner received tax-payer funding to restore alpine lakes in California’s Sierra Nevada Range to their “natural” fishless condition.  You see, back in the 1930’s, while ol’ Finis was busy stocking Wind River lakes,  the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Park Service were doing the same thing in the High Sierra.  While they did not create as diverse or expansive a fishery as Finis Mitchell created in the Winds, the high mountain lakes of the Sierra proved to be the perfect habitat for self-sustaining populations of trout.  Unfortunately, according to purists of the Green Religion, the government committed the unpardonable sin by allowing fish to be planted in previously fishless lakes and streams.

West Slope Cutthroat Trout

In the 1990’s the radical greens began chanting that such trout stocking programs had contaminated pristine habitats with “invasive” species.  Religious green zealots maintained that trout simply didn’t belong in historically fishless lakes and that all signs of such an unholy manipulation of the environment had to be erased.  Every summer since 2001, dozens of environmentally challenged college students armed with antibiotics, chemical piscicides such as rotenone, and rolls of gill netting, embark on a mission to eradicate trout in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks.  These “green” missionaries out to commit trout genocide have the full blessing of environmental groups, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Fish and Game.

A 2011 National Park Service press release citing the accomplishments of retired Park biologist Harold Werner, said this:

“The aquatic restoration activities Harold initiated set the stage for protecting one of the most extensive alpine ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada during a period of unprecedented environmental change.  Eleven years ago, Harold secured funding to establish an aquatic ecosystem restoration program…..as a result, from 2001 to 2010, the Parks removed nearly 42,000 fish from 18 historically fishless lakes and associated streams.”


Mosquito larvae don’t have to worry
about being eaten by trout anymore

The stated goal of Werner’s “aquatic ecosystem restoration program” is to return 150 Sierra lakes to their original fishless condition.  Part of the rationale for the trout eradication program was the supposed benefits the elimination of fish would have on a particular species of amphibian, the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog.  While some of the lakes where trout have been removed have seen an increase in the frog population, other amphibian populations in lakes where trout have been exterminated aren’t doing so well.

Despite being spared from the predatory effects of trout, Mountain Yellow-legged frog numbers continue to decline in many alpine lakes due to a previously unknown type of fungus.  Although the trout eradication program may or may not benefit the frogs in the long run, removing fish from the alpine ecosystem has paid big dividends to a wide variety of insect species such as mayflies and mosquitoes.  Those particularly bothersome pests are now flourishing out of control in all of the lakes where trout have been removed.  Unfortunately, our Fish and Wildlife agencies have bought into the lies of the radical environmentalists by calling these increased insect blooms “good”.  Conservationists have convinced game managers that trout in alpine lakes are harmful to insect populations that other animals depend on as a food source.

US – The impact fish stocking has on aquatic insects in mountain lakes can be rapidly reversed by removing non-native trout, according to a study completed by U.S. Forest Service and University of California, Davis, scientists.

“These highly-mobile predators [trout] don’t naturally occur in small alpine lakes so they have significant top-down effects on ecosystems,” said Karen Pope, a Forest Service scientist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station and one of the study’s authors. “They prey upon aquatic insects that are also food for other insects, amphibians, birds and bats.” 


As a result of these anti-invasive species “studies”, trout removal is now being considered as a legitimate management policy for all alpine lakes that were historically fishless.  This includes numerous back country areas from the Shasta Trinity Alps to the Yellowstone region and the Wind River Range in Wyoming.

It is a fact that the introduction of trout does change the ecosystem, as does the introduction of wolves.  Man also has the ability to manipulate his environment, to limit or promote one particular species over another, to grow crops, plant trees, cut timber, and build homes.  Calling any change “beneficial” or “harmful” has more to do with one’s personal value system than real science.  Science can be used to document the effects of changes, but it cannot make value judgments.

It is also a fact that the radical “green” environmentalists have gotten away with imposing their own particular worldview and value judgments on the rest of society.  Their uncompromising earth first religion states that man is the root of all evil and has no business modifying the environment in any way, shape, or form, especially in ways that may be of benefit to himself.  Radical “greens” claim that “nature always knows best” and therefore the natural “pristine” conditions that existed before man altered the environment must be restored.   Such claims are the exact opposite of common sense Biblical Stewardship.

In the very first book of the Bible, mankind was instructed by God to assume dominion over the earth.  We were given the mandate to work the land and be fruitful.  Biblical Stewardship (or “wise use”) teaches that although man has the authority to manipulate and extract resources from our environment, we should not be irresponsible, wasteful, or destructive.    While the Bible tells us to obey authority and not partake in illegal activities, practicing responsible stewardship has become increasingly difficult because we’ve allowed our government to be taken over by a ruling elite who have mandated that everyone accept their particular religious worldview.

Much to the dismay of the “Green Police”, there are many citizens who still cherish God given common sense and do not adhere to the radical environmental religion.  The boldest of these have adopted some of the “monkey wrenching” tactics first employed by the radical environmentalists themselves.  Today’s new breed of environmental activists head up into the Sierra Nevada range armed with plastic buckets.  Seeking to reverse the effects of the biologically unsound trout eradication program, resistors of the New World Order are scooping up bucketfuls of trout fingerlings from lakes where the fish still manage to thrive and are transporting them to lakes that have been rendered “fish-less” by the green police.

I do not advocate that individuals break the law or go out and plant their favorite species anywhere they want to based on their own desires.  But neither should we roll over and allow the radical environmentalists to continue making important natural resource decisions for us.   Commen sense “wise use” entails altering the planet in responsible ways that protect and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of everyone.  Following the radical environmental preservation agenda in an attempt to return the planet to primeval conditions is anti-human, anti-God, and just plain evil.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.”
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.”

Romans 1:22-25 KJV

15 thoughts on “Where Does Your Treasure Lie? – How Preserving Native Species has become a Religion

  1. jfk2010

    Thank you for publishing the TRUTH!! I was involved with the Arizona and New Mexico Jaguar Conservation Team for 13 years. I saw how the radical environmental groups twisted the “science”. I had first hand experiences with the Center for Biological Diversity, Sky Island Alliance, Nature Conservancy, et.al reps. They have one goal: To move all humans into “reserves” as our government did to the Native Americans. We must forgive all past atrocities that have been committed by men in “high places” and come together to stand against the present lies so our nation can be restored to God’s original design!! Not in man’s image, but in God’s image – through Love, Widsom and Divine Guidance!!

  2. Thanks for your kind comment jfk2010.

    I will be very interested to see how Arizona Prop 120 does at the ballot box. “The Greens” are enraged by it. The whole REWILDING agenda would unravel if the States were able to assert their rights over their own land and resources. But even if Prop 120 passes, I believe it would be struck down by the dragon’s minions on the Supreme Court. It would be a worthwhile fight though, simply because it would bring these issues onto center stage.

    I am not optimistic about “restoring the nation to God’s original design.” I think this and most other nations are becoming ripe for judgment. My hope is to encourage people to wake up and take a stand for what they say they believe in and let the chips fall where they may. I’m sick of people who say they believe the Bible but live in fear of the Green Dragon more than God. I’m doing what I can to see that change.

    The nation of Israel is a great example of what can happen when the land and resources are developed using a Biblical Stewardship model and hard work. It is incredible how that nation has bloomed and prospered in just 70 years.

    Prop 120 can be viewed here:



  3. jfk2010

    Perhaps Israel is an example of God’s design? I have a friend from Israel. Her parents were in the resistance movement before it became a nation. She told me when the people returned they came as doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professions but no farmers or ranchers. In order to become an independent nation they had learn how to take care of themselves. I remember many agricultural specialists went to Israel to help them during this period of their history. Maybe that is God’s design?? Helping one another become independent and free, instead of killing each other?

    Prop 120 will be an interesting case in human nature. Will the people of Arizona win, or the propoganda machine through the court of public opinion? We live in New Mexico and have a different set of problems here… but it’s the same propoganda machine that churns out all the lies and distortions.

    I still have hope God will pour out His Spirit on all mankind during the last days as He promised in Acts 2. Now wouldn’t that be a glorious day, when He changes our human natures into His Nature? Not by might but by His Spirit.

    You seem to be quite a scholar on human nature. Did you study this in a University or just by observation? I concur with a lot of what you have gleaned. I think I missed my mark by not becoming an anthopologist or sociologist. But being a believer is good enough – LOL

    Blessing on your work!!

  4. jfk2010,

    My field of study was Natural Resources Management. I was a radical green in my younger days (1970’s) and very big advocate of the strategy to pit “native” vs. “non-native” species against each other as a way of advancing the Earth First and REWILDING agenda. I was a card carrying member of the Wilderness Society, Friends of the Earth, etc. I spent seven summers hiking in the Sierra Nevada range and used my radical green views to help craft the disastrous 1980 Yosemite National Park Master Plan. That anti-human plan was eventually thrown out by an enraged public, (thank God!)

    I worked for the USFS in Wyoming supervising timber and range crews, and enjoyed one glorious summer as a backcountry ranger in the Wind River Range. While working for the Forest Service I discovered that Rachel Carson had lied about almost everything she wrote about in what was touted as the “environmentalist’s bible”, “Silent Spring”. While sitting in a Los Angeles boardroom discussing strategy with the top echelon of the Sierra Club, I discovered that they were ALL liars as well. But it wasn’t until I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior that the rest of those ugly green dragon scales fell from my eyes permanently.

    It’s obvious that you read your Bible. Everything we need to know about human nature is recorded in scripture. Thankfully, everything we need to know about God is recorded there as well.

    His glory and mercy endures forever. Amen?

  5. jfk2010

    Hi busch42012. I feel like I’ve found a new friend! Your blog is wonderful and your writing so right on. I got into this agenda from a different angle. I was born again in 1981. When we finally moved to our ranch in 1988 one of the first things I remembered receiving from the BLM was a questionaire on how best the lands could be managed. I was not into land-use planning at that time. I had one ambition and that was to hide away on the ranch, take care of my critters and just let the world slide right by!!

    But God had other plans. Took me years to figure out what they were. But I remember writing on the scoping questionaire for the BLM’s proposed Range Management Plan, under every question, “I believe in private property rights and free enterprise. No man can manage the land better than the man that owns it.”

    Little did I know he was leading me and where I would end up!! 25 years later, I’m a community organizer (didn’t know that until Pres Obama gave me the term), private property advocate and into land-use planning issues on a local level – Big Time!!

    I’ve done a lot of research in the last 25 years in both the Bible and our government’s land/wildlife managers. Boy what I have found out is something else…. maybe one of these days we can share notes!! If you’d like to read a series of articles I wrote on the Wildlands Project in 1997, you can find them at:


    Until later!! Via Con Dios!!

  6. Leland Nichols

    Since it is assumed by the “environmentalists” that any species that was not original should be removed. These radical “environmentalists” are not original
    but hybridized, indoctrinated fools and therefore that may be the place to start…………..

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