Copper Mountain eyes alpine coaster amusement ride

More snowmaking, bike trails to be studied by Forest Service Staff Report Citing a lack of recreational opportunities at Copper Mountain, the U.S.   summitcountyvoice.com

GR:  Wiping out natural vegetation for recreation and for the benefit of a commercial resort at a time when half all Earth’s animals have disappeared is wrong.  Close the trails and concentrate on protecting wildlife and its habitat.

Arizona Game & Fish Department – Off Highway Vehicles

“Off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation is one of the most popular recreational activities taking place on public and state lands in Arizona. Please obey the laws, stay on designated open roads and trails, and ride safely and responsibly.”  www.azgfd.com

GR:  The sights and sounds of humans on foot and on wheeled vehicles are disruptive to wildlife.  Numerous studies have shown their harmful effects on foraging and reproductive success.  So why would a wildlife management agency promote such behavior?  Why in the midst of the great mass extinction of life on Earth would a government agency promote activities harmful to wildlife?  Oh, wait a minute, is it for money?  Crazy.  Will voters ever come to respect wildlife and require their management agency to dedicate its efforts to protection?

Some wild animals more tolerant of human interaction than others

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“The researchers’ findings could ultimately help shape wildlife conservation practices. The paper notes, for example, that protecting smaller birds might be more dependent on creating environments that reduce human disturbance. The paper also suggested that ecotourism—which has been said to be dangerous to animal species in general—might be less harmful to larger birds than previously thought because larger animals are more likely to be able to tolerate human disturbance.”  From: phys.org

GR:  Outdoor recreation, including ecotourism, and eco-education, is one of largest human impacts on nature.  Researchers have repeatedly shown that human presence is harmful to birds.  The study reported in this article found that ecotourism is less harmful to larger birds. It didn’t find that ecotourism was not harmful at all.

Walking in a Welsh rainforest

You don’t have to go to Brazil to trek through a rainforest – Snowdonia has its very own wet woodland just waiting to be explored
Does the phrase “save the rainforest” conjure up visions of: a) Brazil, b) Borneo, or c) north Wales?  www.theguardian.com

GR:  How to preserve the forest?  Block the trails and stay out of it.  Look on from the edge.  Hikers carry invasive organisms and they disturb wildlife with their scents and sounds.  Nature is dying and we have to become more responsible in our care for the remnants.