|Bad Tent Location - Too Close to Creek|
(Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/meganpru/5914413517/)
In many places, when silt gets into the creek it covers trout eggs preventing the fish from hatching. Lots of people have been putting a lot of effort into saving the native cutthroat trouts. We need to honor the trout and the people working year round on protecting trout habitat.
|Good Tent Location - In Woods away from Creek |
In my mind, our shining stars are folks who make signs asking people to not camp along the creek. Family who go around and talk to people about why we don’t camp adjacent to creeks are my heroes and I workshop at your feet.
When we gather, we are visitors to the land. The plants and animals that live there year round are depending on us to tread lightly and leave the ground upon which we drummed and danced, ate and loved, in better shape than when we arrived. This, my friends, is the Rainbow way.
Of course every site is different. The soil drainage and the type of creek varies ecosystem to ecosystem and the down-stream features indicate how close is too close. Different areas have different animals who need access to the creek for drinking purposes. If you’re too close, you’ll scare them off. This year the USFS resource folks have requested that no one camps within 300 feet of any creek or other surface water at this gathering. No kitchens or shitters within 300 feet or more. When you come home, check in with INFO to learn the site specific considerations for each the current gathering. Or find a friendly Forest Service Resource person and pick her/his brain.
|Sharing Music Along the Creek|
(Photo from http://ashlandplayreviews.com/
A gathering is not a festival. Please don’t camp on the grass. Camp in the woods, under the trees, 50 feet back from a creek.
|Have no idea who took this, but it's awesome.|