posted on Jul, 17 2012 @ 11:31 AM
This is where my opinion differs from most others here.
Where I live we are fortunate enough to have thousands of acres of green space throughout the community. Public access, dog walking, biking, etc is
allowed in all of it except one 300 acre section where the public must stay on the main path. It is the one place set aside in the community as a
stress free, natural reserve for native animals, plants, birds, etc. And thank goodness! We have cut down every larger forest around for 40km.
I am the only person in the community that has been given written permission to go into this area where I volunteer to locate and report squatter
camps. I'm fine with squatters using any of the other green space in the community. In fact I think it should be legal in at least some places, but
the wildlife reserve is a fragile place where we are trying desperately to keep invasive plant species, garbage, toxins, wildlife deterrents,
developers and other destruction out.
We have lost 40% of the forests in the last 50 years because people care more about their simple conveniences than the survival of the planet's
biosphere. In a life or death survival situation perhaps the line has to be drawn in a different place but not when the goal is just to have your own
free, cozy spot to set up home. It would also be different if squatters could live in the area sustainably and without wrecking things, but in my
extensive experience tracking and observing them I have come to the conclusion that this will never happen. They bring in a astonishing amount of
foreign material almost every day and spread the remaining garbage around their camp as though it will simply evaporate. They NEVER take anything back
out. They defecate and leave TP everywhere. They chop down native trees, some of which contain homes for rare migratory bird species. They trample
native understory while bringing in the seeds of invasive cultivars on their footwear. They reduce the habitable size of the area for wildlife because
animals don't want to reside near the camps. They hunt in the only place we've tried to give back to the animals. And when they leave their camps are
left to rot. It breaks my heart to see what happens when a squatter resides in a protected area.
edit on 17-7-2012 by dainoyfb because: of typos.