While I'd love to hear a solution to this, I am convinced that there is nothing that can be done, so consider this what it is - a RANT.
At a local riding place (one of the most popular in CT) there is a smallish network of "social" trails through some pretty technically challenging terrain. The trails have been there for at least 10 years or so without any blazes. The land is landlocked, however the ownership of this specific parcel of land is somewhat in question, though no one has ever complained about us riding there or the trails as they stood. I will admit that there has been a bit of an issue due to all the trail braids - it has become harder and harder to figure out where the real trail is and it has made it more difficult for newer riders to figure this area out.
About a year ago someone started blazing the trails. They've done a REALLY good job of it ensuring that EVERY tree that's within 3' of the trail is marked, somewhere I have a picture of a set of them - it really is amazing. Perhaps the worst part of this whole thing is that about 30% of the time the blazes follow a trail braid and not the original trail!
The marks are basically shots from a rattle can, so they are inconsistent in where they are in the tree and how big they are, not to mention the flourescent colors used - bright green, orange, pink, purple - yep, we got 'em! Pure ghetto in the woods - perfect.
We went ghetto on our own (in retrospect a very bad idea) and covered up the ugly blazes with gray and brown paint - while the paint did a good job of covering up the ugly stuff - you really couldn't see the brown or gray paint at all - the mystery markers were back at with vengence within a month or two.
We can't seem to locate the person who is doing this after repeated postings to multiple bulletin boards, given the location and nature of the trails I'm 99% certain that its mountain bikers who are doing the tagging.
Really I think if we could figure out who was doing it, we could talk about a solution and maybe doing this in a bit more controlled manner (preferably with landowner permission).
Any ideas welcomed.
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