Posts Tagged With: advocacy

The Cost of “Free”

One of the things that many people have come to expect in their visiting  here is “free camping.”  There are spots called “wilderness camping sites” which offer a convenient stopping point for those on hiking or canoe trips, and in various wilderness areas.  They’re not much for amenities.  They consist of a pit privy (an outhouse), a fire ring, and depending on the particular site, a clear spot to pitch a tent or a lean-to.    They’re popular with a set of people, particularly those who want to “get away from it all” or those who just want to camp “for free.”   What none of them ever consider is the cost of those sites.

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The Environmental Slumlords

Recently, there was an opinion piece about how a certain area of state land should be classified. The author, who works for an environmental advocacy group, was arguing for the strictest classification, and then went on to discuss how to limit access as well as what facilities should be constructed and where. My reply comment was “Great, and just who do you think is going to do this?” This isn’t the only time something like this has happened. I had a similar response to another group a few years ago that was trying to advocate for the creation of a new national park. Why would I make these responses? Because I’m for parks.

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