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We the "Clued-in" are perhaps being 'punished' for the sins of the "Clueless".
We have all seen human feces, right on the TRAIL, (unless animals have taken up the habit of using toilet paper?) These same clueless people who crapped on the public trail never buried their crap, let alone their TP.
I went camping near a Forest Service road and we found that some 'human-shaped pigs' (who must have been there for a month or they had many people in their group) left their trash nicely bagged and stacked in their now deserted campsite. Nearby, behind EVERY tree or bush for an acre or two, were piles of unburied feces and the accompanying toilet paper. A Forest Service Officer came by to check on us, we pointed out the trash in the next campsite, then we helped her load the trash into her pick-up truck, it was filled-up.
We, the “Leave No Trace” Clued-In must now in many areas pack out our feces and toilet paper.
My question for the Forest Service people who are promoting the “Pack-It-Out” rules, because of the TP that they are complaining about that they have had to pick up, and the human feces that you have had to deal with, “Was it ever properly buried in the first place?”
Has there ever been a study to prove what percentage of properly buried feces and toilet paper that animals dig up, or that most of what is found was never buried? Are we certain that human feces and TP really bad for the environmental health of so-called delicate eco-systems? Could it be beneficial instead?
P.S. while I am on this rant, what about this, “urinating on a rock” idea? Last time I checked, it just runs off of the rock and onto the ground anyway, and causes much splashing right back on your legs and shoes. Why don’t we just give the rocks a break? We could just piss down our leg in the first place!