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by Charley
May 21st, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Some of these non-regulatory ideas actually are workable: What will likely happen is an ethical framework, which is something the Leave No Trace Institute and others are just starting to discuss. https://www.powder.com/stories/leave-no-trace-announces-new-social-media-guidelines/ It might take the f...
by Charley
May 21st, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Incidentally, Charley wrote "our most beloved local destinations are USDA forest farms with small wilderness areas dotted around" but that is not how I would characterize it. A large fraction of the USFS land around Mount Hood is already Wilderness, as illustrated below. Unrelated to Charley's stat...
by Charley
May 21st, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The Internet is another technology no different from others we've needed to regulate to protect natural areas from exploitation. It may not be regulated today to protect natural resources, but that's because the technology is new, just as the others were at one time. The day will come, and it must,...
by Charley
May 20th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

One thing I notice is the massive disconnect between the people who are driving traffic to particular outdoor areas and the people who are responsible for managing said areas. Tourism bureaus, private tour companies and Instagram influencers can drive a LOT of foot traffic to special places without...
by Charley
May 19th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Addendum: I'm not sure that our impacts (whether touristic, die-hard "hiker," or other human uses) are greater now than they used to be. For example, doesn't the Memloose Hills area have a history of ranching? Wouldn't the impacts from that land use have been greater? For an example that hits close ...
by Charley
May 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 2951

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

This is a terrific conversation! 1. Though I have enjoyed PortlandHikers on Facebook, this kind of experienced, knowledgeable, in-depth debating is really a Oregonhikers.org forum specialty, and I'm glad to see it flourish. 2. TLDR: the Park Service basically has this problem solved, and it annoys m...
by Charley
April 22nd, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt
Replies: 50
Views: 1953

Re: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt

I just checked the TKO website (looks very nice!) to make sure that I wasn't speaking out of my backside. In other words, I checked their mission statement to double check that "advocacy" is included in the text (not just "maintenance"), and that "hikers" is also in there (not just "trails"). Here's...
by Charley
April 20th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt
Replies: 50
Views: 1953

Re: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt

I applaud the TKO for the necessary work that they do, and for charting a conservative plan for growth. Maybe in ten or twenty years time, they'll be as strong as the WTA. That said, I had no idea that the TKO didn't even file a comment on the Central Oregon plan, and I don't even want to believe it...
by Charley
April 12th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt
Replies: 50
Views: 1953

Re: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt

That said I've encountered more than once Mazamas in numbers beyond wilderness allowance and simply beyond smart/reasonable size (like a group of 10 of them on North Sister moving at a pace, and with body language that was clearly out of their element). We passed them but whoever executed that grou...
by Charley
April 11th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt
Replies: 50
Views: 1953

Re: Forest Service punches hikers below the belt

imo WTA, TKO, and Mazamas to some extent (they have less of a relationship with FS and have at times brought their resources to advocate for preventing additional restrictions) have carried water for the FS for years, being a 'partner' as the FS offloads more and more responsibilities. They're in a...