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OK, padodes, I spe.. by tgormley   (Show all posts)
padodes
2007-04-20 19:56:59
Managing a resource?
I wonder if looking on mountains as a "resource" and calling for their "managment" is the best approach to the problem of sharing the use of our uplands. Linguistically, at least, both of those terms seem to suggest one form or other of exploitation by users, because they look at the mountains squarely from the users' point of view. They suggest perhaps a trade-off between various interests: the farmer or forest owner wishing to secure his livelihood; the recreational user wishing to ramble freely; maybe even the miner looking for mineral wealth (remember the heated debate some years ago about digging for gold on Croagh Patrick?). There is, however, a different approach that, to my mind, is more respectful of nature and it consists in trying to see things from the point of view of the mountains themselves. It means asking if there are not some extreme or abusive forms of human activity, commercial or recreational, that are, in fact, incompatible with the long-term wellbeing of the mountain as a natural environment (even if not exactly a wilderness) and that should therefore be limited or even excluded. I can think, for example, of the over-grazing of sheep, the thick-set blanket afforestation of large areas with the equally massive felling of trees afterwards, the increasing recreational use of mechanised means to access almost every mountaintop in the land, the off-trail indiscriminate tramping of large groups of walkers in sensitive areas of conservation... By trying to see what is compatible with our mountains and what is not, perhaps we can hope to keep them truly "alive", without the undue encroachment of destructive human practices. In the end, of course, we will be sharing the mountains together and this is something we need to discuss together, but in speaking about our relative rights we will not be losing sight of the mountains themselves.
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