Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:41 pm
by Don
I guess I'd weigh in on the path of "unintended consequences", and point to the discussion here in the NTS BBS on redwoods and the damage around the base of say the top 20 trees...Mario Vaden has a pair of photos taken several years apart, and the damage to the area around the base is disheartening, and I'm sure that none of those who caused this damage thought about the cumulative consequences of tree hunters out to "bag" another 300 plus-er. I share Andrew's comment about valid reasons (research) for climbing these MOST superlative trees (for my part, with less than 4% of the pre-settlement old-growth remaining, they should be off-limits to recreational climbing. It's only been in the last couple of decades that we've known that there are heretofore unknown communities up there (yes, I know, it was climbers and 'bridgers' that have discovered them). They are very unique, very sensitive to disturbance, and take centuries, perhaps even millenia to develop. Just saying...