3 Parks

I suggest setting up 3 independent but linked parks The first would be a wilderness park where humanity and our concerns are not the priority. It would appeal to the sacred in us. I define sacred to mean that it is off limits. We just let it be. Let nature do her work. After a period off time (say 50 years) we assess what has happened. This assessment should be undertaken by experts with their values fully stated and no be biddable to financial interests. I suggest Rannoch Moor for this first park. Existing access such as the railway line would continue but any new development would be prohibited. A second park would be managed to promote biodiversity and visitor access. I suggest a West Highland Rainforest Park around the western seaboard between Mallaig and Applecross. The outcomes of the two parks could be compared and contrasted after a period to see which better achieved its objectives. I am aware that there can be a problem with over grazing by, especially, deer. So I propose a third park/estate whose constitution would have the management of the deer as its priority rather than the facilitation of some human objective. I do not proposing the introduction of wolves or some other predator to keep number and gene pool healthy and in check. I propose that we consider regulated hunting with pain-ball type rifles as a way of marking the less fit for eventual removal by professional marksmen. I am not a hunter or a fisher myself and am least happy with this third element.

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I think there should be some place for wilderness even in a small country like Scotland and that will benefit the need for sacredness in all of us. I think we should value and be seen to do something about our own rainforest rather than preach to other countries like Brazil and Indonesia. I also think we should be better stewards of the environment and show proper respect to other species.

by U1sdeanMacGilean on June 05, 2022 at 03:33PM

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  • Posted by camusfearna June 05, 2022 at 20:46

    Interesting ideas but I don't think the land ownership issues have been factored in as the proposals would impose conditions on the land owners and possibly require compensation (eg for requiring no economic activity in the first park proposed) or compulsory land acquisition by the public sector.
  • Posted by camusfearna June 05, 2022 at 20:46

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