runner_one Posted August 17, 2007 Share Posted August 17, 2007 (edited) Time to get on my soap box! Please understand that this is not directed to anyone in particular. The earth is a lot more resilient than we give it credit for. I have seen people in these boards complaining about the environmental damage done to an area by geocachers, most of the comments relate to trampled grass or packed soil or broken tree limbs and or broken young trees. While it is a good idea that geocachers should try not to cause any intentional destruction of an area, I think there is way too much time wasted in agonizing over minor disturbances that will not be visible within a few months after the cache is removed. A perfect example is this location; Bethesda Tn. There used to be a complete town at this location before the depression. Here is a photo taken around 1912 of the students in front of the school building; Bethesda School. My Grandmother is the girl with the tie just to the right of the doors. I was at this location last Sunday and there is NOTHING to indicate a town ever existed at this location. There were a few piles of stones that used to be the foundation for the building in this photo as well as others. But unless you knew there used to be a thriving community there, you would never know it ever existed. Here is a photo of Bethesda today; Bethesda Today.. Nature has Completely reclaimed the area. In most cases (Some extremely sensitive areas excluded, and in those areas a cache should not be placed anyway.) Nature will reclaim its own. So please just have fun and stop worrying so much. Take reasonable care and go about your business, this world was here long before you, and it will still be long after you are gone. Steps down from the soap box. Edited August 17, 2007 by runner_one Quote Link to comment
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