Tomorrow see's the Forest Rally 08. Personally I enjoy the event and have followed it with interest for 10 yrs or so, but is it a good thing for the Forest and the wildlife within?
I think there is no wrong or right answer, each of us will have our own opinion. Certainly it brings a lot of visitors to the area and hopefully through the efforts of the Lions it will raise money for good causes. There will undoubtedly be some damage and litter left. If the ground is wet, and it looks like it will be, there will be untold damage to forest tracks and cars parking on verges will leave many a lasting reminder.
Do the wildlife suffer? Again its hard to say. I can't see how 100 plus cars racing through the area can not cause some problems.
On another note, people who have no interest in watching the rally are effectively banned from large portions of the forest in the name of safety. Is this right?
I guess the point i'm trying to get across is that in a democratic society the best we can hope for is that these things are done with all of the wider implications in mind. It's one day a year, is that an excuse? Debate!!