Hypersnow wrote:I will probably be harassed incessantly for writing this reply, but....
I work/manage the crew at the Maroon Bells, and have for 3 years. I did not write the note, nor do I recognize the handwriting. That being said, I am not there every day, nor am I in every place at all times. 1st point - If you use mothballs, CLEAN THEM UP. They are litter; and believe it or not, it is extremely annoying to clean them up daily (and yes we clean them up that often). 2nd point - porcupines are only a problem in the spring (May - mid July); if you notice the hosts who are parked there for 3 months or more, have no "porky protection" around their vehicles or RV's after mid-July. 3rd point - Give anyone who works or volunteers at this area a break. They deal with the public non-stop for 4 months; and quite often the public is not very cognizant of their impact on the wilderness/forest or plain just don't care. Finally - please respect any requests of USFS while using this recreation area; believe it or not we are doing our best to manage it for the extreme use this area gets, to preserve it for generations to come. This beautiful area is on the verge of being "loved to death".
That being said; I will talk to my employees and volunteers tomorrow. If anyone did place the mothballs purposely in your intake; I will ask that they write a letter of apology.
USFS - Aspen RD
Thank you Jennifer for all your hard work keeping the area around the Bells nice and well cared for. I have been up there 3 or 4 times just this summer alone and it's always well taken care of- at least as much as can be given your resources.
Hopefully people realize the problem here isn't your fault. You guys are doing your best to protect the fragile environment. People need to be more respectful of the fact that they are guests in the wilderness area. You don't get to just do with it as you please, just as most polite and respectful people wouldn't just go over to a friend's house and unload a bug bomb in the livingroom after seeing a spider run under the couch.
It's unfortunate someone put the mothballs in her air intake, but it sounds like it wasn't someone with USFS. Lessons about mothballs and the enviroment learned. Enough said.
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