Nature is only able to endure so much. The slow growth of willows and spruce are no match for the short-sighted, efficient and destructive powers of the human kind. With sadness, this is the case for the McIntyre Creek Restoration project.
Willow Stakes Being Pulled Out
Despite the support of many local organizations, on-going monitoring by volunteers and the best efforts by mother nature, there has been significant vandalism taking place at the McIntyre Creek Restoration site.
It started early in the spring, with the fence being knocked down on a couple of occasions. After which, a number of motorized vehicles did their best to keep the fence down. Fresh ATV and motorcycle tracks were seen throughout the site and continuing to track through the fjord.
This is not all about motorized vehicles. The Army Pumphouse is often the site for the odd bush party or “within the city tailgate rendezvous”. The broken bottles, garbage, and burnt pallets tell the tale well. There are also numerous walkers, bikers and dog owners that have utilized the area over the years.
Despite the many human induced obstacles throughout the summer, the restorations site was still looking good. And then it happened…
Someone took it upon themselves to senselessly pull out every single willow stake on the south side of the restoration site. They went a step further and took a black marker and left a slanderous and downright vulgar note on the restoration sign (too many profanities to share here and has been taken down). It is unclear as to whether it was the same person(s), to then take a monster truck and “mow” through the site…taking with it some new growth, old growth and turning up a whole bunch of earth in the process.
I really appreciate the work that the Klondike Snowmobile Association did in putting up that new bridge. It is there for the community and motorized vehicles of all kinds to use. Unfortunately, it is just too much too ask that people stay on the trail or the bridge. I’m not too sure on the logic of senseless destruction of nature and vandalism within our “Wilderness City”.
Monster Truck Mows Down the Vegetation
Tracks Over the Fence and Through the Fjord