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December 03, 2020


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I really dislike the carvings on trees and rock formations on my hikes. Some of the rock formations are often spray painted too. Another thing I don't care to see are the tiny painted rocks that folks leave along trails like Easter eggs. One other thing I dislike are rock cairns. I see a lot of them on my hikes too.

Jennifer Woodhull

This is so sad—and so common. Carving your initials, or anything, on a living tree seems to me just one example of the urge to impress our egos on our environment. At its worst, acting out this urge causes air and water pollution and climate change. Wounding this tree might seem a trivial violation, but it's exemplary of the mindset that is killing the natural world, itself so endlessly patient with and generous to us bumbling humans.

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