Sport or littering?
CALL ME A grumpy old fuddy-duddy if you like but some things really get up my nose! I wrote about one of them in my last post Why do people do this? and now I'm going to have another rant about a related but different one.
On one of my recent walks through the Lomond Hills Regional Park - one of my favourite places - I found these two arrows (made with chalk powder) on a path (open the image in a new tab for a better look).
They have been used as route markers for either a mountain bike competition or a foot race. I have also seen red and white tape tied to trees used as markers in a similar manner and left in place after the event. I understand the need to mark such a route for those unfamiliar with the area but surely the organisers could ensure that such markers are removed when the event is over.
At the very least this is inconsiderate behaviour which spoils the 'feel' of a wilderness area and at worst it could be considered littering which is, of course, an offence against the law (and nature).
I don't know if special permission is needed to conduct such organised sporting activities within the park boundaries but if it is then I suspect that one of the conditions is that the organisers of such events should not wilfully damage the environment nor leave litter behind them after the event is concluded.
I am well aware that the Lomond Hills Regional Park, in common with many other similar areas, isn't a true wilderness - it's a managed environment so why can't those who use this type of outdoor resource manage to clean up their litter after them?
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