The so-called Forest Defenders is a group (or more likely, an individual) conducting a “personal war against Letterbox and Geocache littering in eco-sensitive areas.” This drives me absolutely crazy; it’s people like this that give environmentalists a bad name. If you want to limit impact in natural areas, a good start would be to ban people and trails period. But hey FD, in case you haven’t noticed, humans are part of the ecology too.
Now I’m pretty radical in my environmental views, but if there was no one in the woods other than granola munching environmentalists like me, there wouldn’t be much support for parks. That’s why I’m happy to see hunters, ATV riders, people on horse back, dirt bikes and what have you in the woods. We need a broad coalition to expand and preserve natural areas. Did this person ever consider how many kids, like the one above, have been introduced to nature, and dragged away from their X-Box, due to geocaching?
As far as eco-sensitive areas go, let’s remember that geocaches can only be placed with the permission of the land owner, and that there are extensive guidelines as to where and how they can and cannot be placed.
I have personally worked on endangered species restoration from coast to coast, in a 20 year career that involved partnerships with the Center for Plant Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, etc., doing on the ground work to restore habitat for federally listed species. I wonder what Forest Defenders, who hides behind an anonymous blog that isn’t even open for comments, has ever really done to protect natural areas.
How do you feel about geocaches in natural areas or about Forest Defenders?
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