Over Zealous? – Responding to the Conservation Concerns

by Nov 15, 1999Lord of the Rings (Movies)

I received the following from a fellow Tolkien fan, Michael Davis… Here’s what he thinks about all the recent news over Peter Jackson filming on conservation land. What do you guys think about all this hubbub? Talk back in our messageboard.

Over Zealous?

by Micahel Davis


I haven’t written to the head of the Conservancy Board yet, for fear of
appearing like the Brutish American with no concern for untouched
nature, but come on–rare moss? helicopter noise? birds, bugs, and who
knows what else? String bogs, for pete’s sake? Even when she details
what Jackson has proposed she sounds silly: “x number of people for 9
days. . .” If these super-glaciated eco-systems were formed so many
millions of years ago by forces strong enough to shape mountains and
divert glaciers and rivers, I don’t think 9 days of “inadvertent
trampling,” even if it is with big feet, are going to do that much
damage. Do they realize how silly it reads? Apparently not.

Again, I don’t want to appear insensitive to the ecological concerns of
the native New Zealanders, and there probably will be an impact
considering no human steps have been taken there in, what, forever? But
I think the impact will be minimal; their concern may also be that once
people get a good look at the gorgeous scenery in the movie they may
want to come inadvertently trampling in greater numbers, and for a
longer time.

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