I was interviewed for and quoted several times in today's Globe and Mail article on Backcountry use, abuse and overuse.
Canadians eager to leave pandemic worries behind are heading in droves to the country’s outdoor destinations, but some vacationers, shut out of booked-solid campgrounds, are setting up tents in sensitive wilderness areas and damaging the local environment. The influx of campers is being felt across the country, from Gaspé, Quebec, to British Columbia’s backcountry.
Chris Ludwig, president of Backcountry BC, an advocacy group, says he’s seen video footage of keg parties, weddings, barbecues and large groups of people swimming, all in remote natural environments.
'The victims [are] the vegetation, the shoreline, which [are] getting trampled and destroyed,' Chris Ludwig, president of Backcountry BC, said. 'The wildlife – black bears, wolverines, deer – they’re getting displaced and bothered by these large numbers of people.'
Read full article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-officials-advocates-working-to-end-shenanigans-of-campers-heading/?fbclid=IwAR33hIRgzgI71U-_3h6irAtVnSFitge8MfsyiH_uzPFhxm_mDSCc11LpXcA