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Overlove is exactly it. However, it isn't just the trash from campers or the impact from hikers... The biggest impact you see out there is summed up with one word: development. Building housing blocks, roads, resorts and commercial developments on the slopes of the mountains has dramatically reduced the amount of habitat available and has nearly totally cut-off migration routes and home ranges for animals that need more room than one mountain range can provide (big horn sheep being the most obvious causalty in this range). The loss of habitat is even greater when you consider how far away from these developments you have to get before flora and fauna are no longer impacted by their presence. People think that when you build a house in the foothills, you're only impacting the .3 acres of land that you develop, but you don't realize that this pushes the boundary of the natural world back many thousands of feet beyond your back gate. Sure, you've got a great view, and bunnies and quail in your front yard every morning. But at what price?sidhayes wrote:What price is the "ecosystem paying for those improved tourism opportunities"?
No disrespect meant, but: "If you have to ask..."sidhayes wrote:Please inform me of what is happening to these "poor mountains". What price is the "ecosystem paying for those improved tourism opportunities"?
sidhayes wrote:Are you sure that the whole ecosystem falls apart, or does it simply change? Maybe the change is for the better?
Im not sure it matters which one, both have development right up to the boundary, literally built houses on the boundary of west side, and the closing of Madrona on the east side, I just don't see how its legal for a private party to close or restrict access to our public land!azbackpackr wrote:Saguaro East, or West??
The first time I saw some of them, I was like ... these are houses??? People live in these???writelots wrote:Of course, the fact is that there are people who will not only buy those mcmansion monstrosities