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Cowboy Poem by Roy Smith
Siskiyou County rancher, Roy Smith, wrote this on June 10, 2010
We have to save the coho salmon
But, the records are so very new
Was there ever very many
Was there always just a few?
They ruined families, homes and towns
So the spotted owl could have its way.
But, we’ve never really heard
if the owl is better off today.
We fenced our land along the creeks
It’s not as scenic as it was.
But everybody volunteered
They said it was a worthy cause.
We went to meeting after meeting
Just to learn what we could do.
We learned we were expendable
and they want the water too!
In the cruelest trick of all
If the Fish and Game should have their say;
We will have to buy a permit
to give our Water Rights away!
Cowboy and poet, Roy Smith gathering cattle on their range East of Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County, California.