lemur wrote:it seems that regional events have to grow past the 'ITS A RAVE, DOOD!!' stage.. before they become awesome
5280MeV wrote:There is really nothing even resembling the playa here in the East.
Thorormr wrote: ...Pine Barrens...
ensimismada wrote:Thorormr wrote: ...Pine Barrens...
They may be remote, but:
The wetter/boggy pine barrens tend to be extremely fragile habitats, home to endangered and threatened species of both plants and animals (bog turtles, various pitcher plants, etc.). Also, a very large percentage of pine barrens have been completely wiped out for development. According to Wikipedia, some pine savannahs have less than 1% original area unaltered. I cannot imagine any reasonable land management organization, public or private, authorizing a gathering of more than a few hundred people for a week, leave no trace or not.
Especially when fire is involved. Pine barrens are tinderboxes; in fact, several species (mostly trees) cannot reproduce without a brushfire sweeping through the ecosystem every few years and as such actually produce flammable resins to encourage fire. I've camped in the Barrens in NJ and in the pine savannahs of NC and nearly every time there has been a fire ban in place. (And the chiggers and ticks were out en masse.)
I'm not trying to be discouraging, just pointing out that it's harder to find a place like the playa than many people think, which is why it's so important we continue to meet and exceed the BLM's stipulations.
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