[talk-au] Mapping "off track" hiking routes

Little Maps mapslittle at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 06:31:50 UTC 2020


Hi Phil, thanks for drafting this, it’s great to have a concrete statement to discuss. I agree with the broad sentiment but suggest two changes, one minor and the other more substantive, as follows.... (deletions in strike through and additions in all caps)....

4. Caution should be exercised if considering mapping of ‘tracks, routes and pads’ in remote CONSERVATION reserves, as they may well be covered by management plans, standards or regulations which seek to minimise publicity. Such regulations or standards (AS2156)  may request that the location of such ‘tracks’ are not publicised on maps. You should seek clarification from the managing authority prior to adding such tracks. MAPPERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PERUSE RESERVE MANAGEMENT PLANS ON THE WEB OR TO DISCUSS EDITS WITH AGENCY STAFF WHEN CONSIDERING ADDING TRACKS IN CONSERVATION RESERVES.


Rationale for changes... (1) not all sensitive areas are remote, and many issues arise in reserves close to major cities. (2). Understanding the broader context surrounding a potential mapping change may well be a hallmark of good mapping, but mappers bear no responsibility to await a decision from a management agency *before* they add or edit tracks.

A likely response from an under-staffed government agency to an unknown mapper is something like, “Thank you for your message. Your call is important to us. We will endeavour to respond to you at the earliest opportunity.” Repeatedly. I would suggest that a less declarative statement is far more appropriate in this instance.

 Thanks once again, I appreciate everyone’s input on the issue. Best wishes Ian


> On 25 Oct 2020, at 10:59 am, Phil Wyatt <phil at wyatt-family.com> wrote:
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> Hi Folks,
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> For the Australian Tagging Guidelines can I suggest the following text as point 4 under bushwalking and Cycling Tracks Notes….
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> 4. Caution should be exercised if considering mapping of ‘tracks, routes and pads’ in remote reserves, as they may well be covered by management plans, standards or regulations which seek to minimise publicity. Such regulations or standards (AS2156)  may request that the location of such ‘tracks’ are not publicised on maps. You should seek clarification from the managing authority prior to adding such tracks.
>  
> Cheers - Phil
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