A large steelhead summers over in the Little Sur River downstream of the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. Dozens of endangered fish like this one were killed in 2002 (and quite probably in other years as well) by camp operators who apparently felt that getting their lake filled quickly was more important than keeping the fish alive.
The San Francisco Chronicle has been running a series of investigative articles taking the Boy Scouts of America to task for logging and otherwise despoiling lands granted to them for preservation. Not a surprise to those of us who were sickened by the logging of old growth redwood and douglas fir at the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp some years back – a camp donated to the scouts by Hearst, let’s not forget, for conservation purposes.
But today’s article is about the 2002 Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp Steelhead Massacre. A valuable cautionary tale illustrating how mindless arrogance and the right political connections can trump, not just our common interest in keeping a remarkable and iconic fish alive, but also common sense and the equal (i.e. fair) application of the law.