The Outdoors: Setting an Example

The marks of man's incursion on the wilderness are by now unmistakable —bullet-riddled trail signs, garbage-strewn campsites, carved-up tree trunks and paint-smeared rock faces. To Mrs. Margaret Robarge, wife of a Seattle postal clerk, such wanton destruction, which she first encountered on a pack trip into Washington's Cascade Range nine years ago, smacked of "wreckreation." Outraged, she decided to set up the Good Outdoor Manners Association.

GOMA has since consumed most of Peggy Robarge's time and most of the family's savings, but it has attracted almost 50,000 members nationwide. "The problem,"...

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