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2020-07-07 06:26:00

    When did hikers develop the collective impulse to stack rocks and make obnoxious, useless decorative cairns at every park and river they visit? I don’t remember seeing them as a kid except as trail markers, but now they’re EVERYWHERE. What part of “leave no trace” don’t people understand?

    I’m gonna leave a trace and it’s gonna be a cool ass rock tower in the woods :D

    Please don’t! 

    If you want to build rock towers, get your own rocks and build them at home. That’s perfectly fine. But rocks provide vital habitat for wildlife, especially in stream bed; moving and stacking them leaves them without shelter, crushes them, exposes their eggs, and leads to soil erosion and bank destruction. Leave them where they are.

    Furthermore, cairns are used as trail markers to indicate routes. Creating pointless cairns for funzies and Instagram can actually be dangerous to other hikers who rely on them for navigation, and immensely frustrating for rangers. We don’t say “leave no trace” to be mean–we’re trying to protect both the environment and our visitors. 

    If I find your rock stack, and it is not serving as a marker for a trail or notice of a trail hazard, I WILL unstack your rocks and put them back. Nature is already encroached on enough without you deciding to ‘leave your mark’ with another stack of rocks.

    is this what we’re mad about today

    Apparently. I’m a park naturalist guess what. Stack rocks who cares. Just pick up your damn trash and dont take anything from the park you didnt take in with you. Moving 1 (one) rock is not going to collapse an ecosystem.

    Hearthawk is overreacting and britney-j-christ was just uninformed, but like…. seriously? 

    As a fellow park naturalist I’m ashamed of you. Looking the other way when people stack rocks is one thing, but actively encouraging people to do so because “who cares”? Does the park that employs you know that this is your attitude?

    I work on the very edge of the native range of the highly endangered Eastern hellbender. Here is a study I hope you will read on how human activity, such as moving rocks and creating cairns, is associated with the destruction of hellbender habitat, and here is one of the photos used in the publication, showing a dead hellbender beside some decorative rock stacks:


    It’s not just hellbenders–many other species of fish, amphibians, and invertebrates shelter under, lay their eggs upon, or forage for food in the same rocky environments. They are crushed, dried out, or deprived of habitat from unnecessary human movement of rocks. If people realized this, hopefully they would refrain from rock-stacking, and value the conservation of wildlife habitat over the pleasure of putting stones on top of each other!

    Perhaps your park does not use cairns as trail markers, but many do. They’re an unobtrusive alternative to ugly metal signs. Creating unauthorized piles of rocks in the wood creates a very real safety hazard by confusing what is and what is not meant to be a trail marker. People get led astray and lost due to this–the notes on this post are full of stories of people who have mistaken recreational cairns for purposeful ones. 

    Of course moving one rock isn’t going to collapse an ecosystem. But it’s never just one rock. Millions of people visit their parks every year, and with decorative rock-stacking being “in vogue” for some reason, that’s millions of rocks moved and millions of potential habitats destroyed. Is it inevitable? Maybe. But it’s absolutely not something we should be encouraging the public to do. 


    How much does a box of paper weigh?

    Oh …

    I love how all these reblogs from ableds are like “boxes of paper are 20 pounds GOTCHA” as if every single person in a 60-person workplace needs to be able to lift a box of paper.

    “What’s that, James? You tore your rotator cuff? Sorry, we have to let you go. What if the printer needed to be refilled and the other 200 people in this building were home sick? It just wouldn’t be fair.”

    I deserve more intellectually challenging low-effort justifications for bigotry. Please try harder next time. 1/10.

    hi! i’m a secretary with a lifelong congenital back issue that i had fixed via surgery.

    the first thing i want to point out is that the box of paper that @bransrath​ posted is not the weight of the box. the 20 lb in that description is the paper weight, which is the amount of force a piece of paper can take before tearing. i know this because it’s described as copy paper, and copy paper is by default 20 lb weight. so posting that picture as a ‘gotcha’ in response to this post is ignorant at best and intentionally ableist at worst. in reality, that box probably weighs no more than 15 lbs. 

    secondly, i have never had to actually pick up one of these boxes ever. and i have to deal with them a lot, given that i’m a secretary who, prior to the pandemic, was printing off 1000+ pages of booklets per week. i’ve never had to pick these up because you can literally just open them, grab a ream of paper, and take it to the printer to load it in. there’s no fucking reason why you would need the whole box. most places, like my office, also store them on or near the ground because they’re heavy, so what i do is a just drag the boxes to their designated corner until they need to be used. 

    so “must be able to lift 20 lbs” is a tactic of discrimination, and there’s no excuse for it in office jobs like mine. i can’t actually lift more than 15 lbs and chances are, i’ll never be able to lift more than 20 lbs. i can still do all the duties of my secretary job, though, and it’s really easy to find work arounds for things like heavy boxes of paper. even i can, and my office literally employs 3 people including me. a weight limit is not a reason to deny someone a job.