100% Commitment That Hunting and Shooting Is Prohibited.
As the forest you are helping to cultivate develops and the wildlife returns, have the owners made a commitment that hunting, and shooting will never be allowed in the new forest? Are all firearms prohibited? Again, what has been written into any legal covenants in relation to native wildlife protection? Depending on where you are in the world, and the prevailing climate and soil conditions, it may take years or decades for some native wildlife to return. And, when some of those returning species are predators, what are owners plans to get the local community on board with the project, and overcome old cultural norms? Many people in the world need to relearn how to share with wildlife.
100% Commitment To No Commercial Irrigation For Local Agriculture.
As the trees you are helping to plant send their roots deep into the earth, they will help with the recovery of the local water table. But, what happens with this water? It should be used to ensure that the forest stays healthy, evolves and spreads, all of which it needs water to be able to do. Have the owners committed that the forest will never be used to extract water for agricultural irrigation? You only have to look to the impact of the Murray-Darling water system that has been pillaged for cotton and rice cultivation, in Australia, to know how damaging irrigation is to the natural world.
100% Commitment No Destructive Recreational Activities
In speaking to a friend recently about a walk through a local forest, he talked about enjoying the cacophony of bird songs for many hours on his walk, until, in the distance, he heard the roar of dirt bikes. Though the bikes came, and went, in just minutes, the next couple of hours of his walk were pretty silent, the birds had gone.
If we want nature to thrive, 4 wheel drive activities and dirt bikes have no place in forests. Have the owners committed to never allowing destructive recreational activities? Rewilding should mean that the land is for wildlife, plants and light-touch eco-tourism.
These are just a few questions you could be considering as you think about a rewilding holiday.