Re: Yosemite Bear Development and Outdoor Citizenship
Mike Montoya (mmm@IMS.MARIPOSA.CA.US)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 13:28:45 -0700
At 09:39 AM 9/3/96 -0700, Timothy J O'Leary wrote:
>My point, though, is that we are not as low impact as we probably should
>be. My "prime problem" is so-called camp improvements and ground fires,
>both of which do far more environmental damage than is commonly supposed.
>Oh, yes, folks who go off the trail (cross country) in sensitive areas....
>The suggestions made by some of the others in the group regarding internet
>sites for low impact camping are, in my opinion, a very, very good
>beginning. And, yes, I hate to jump through hoops just because someone
>else has screwed up, too. But before I can take on this problem, I need
>to make sure that my house is entirely clean....
OK Tim, you got me on that one: I have been known to strike out
cross-country in Yosemite...
Since I also do most of my deer-hunting near Yosemite, and "bush-whacking"
is oftentimes the only way to get from point A to point B, you have made me
think of a few things...
Although the purpose of the National Park idea is to preserve nature for
posterity, why should it be OK for most folks to do one thing in the
wilderness on one side of the little metal signs nailed to the trees, (it's
OK , they're nailed on the outside of the park side) and something entirely
different on the other side?
On another note, The Ackerson Complex fire (near Hetch Hetchy/Lake
Eleanor/Cherry Lake) is expected to be contained by tomorrow with nearly
60,000 burned. Our troop did it's last Philmont shakedown in this area in
FYI - national fire status reports can be found at:
Working on my wilderness manners,
Mike Montoya Iron Mountain Systems
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