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Tramping through forest affecting local wildlife 

Santa Cruz Sentinel, As You See It

January 25, 2019

I am concerned about the license people are taking with our already stressed wildlife and environment. Just recently there was an article regarding someone letting the public at large in on an off-the-map ancient redwood forest. The result was an on-going mob of tourists, destroying the entire ecosystem, the forest itself. We must use restraint in our use of our local excursions as a start.

Taking dogs on “field trips” is taking predators’ smell into the homes of what remains of our wildlife; this is insensitive and cruel. Tromping around gathering mushrooms, and otherwise assuming no responsibility for one’s impact on these sensitive area needs to stop while there is still something (barely) surviving.

— Gloria Sams, Santa Cruz