Most of the areas where we hike enjoy some form of legal protection and conservation status. Is there any member of this forum who can help or advise on the following.
Next to Grahamstown is an exquisite area of wilderness called Featherstone Kloof. It has great natural beauty, indigenous forest and perennial tinkling streams of potable water. As a result of extensive work by Working for Water to eradicate aliens, parts of it now look like the Little Berg.
The Featherstone Kloof area is commonage and one can walk in and out at will. It is a recreational resource that is a huge asset to Grahamstown but it is understandably under threat. Major threats include off road motorbikes ridden across the open veld and along the footpaths of a lovely hiking trail, harvesting of plants and bark, hunting and snaring, grazing and potentially squatting.
So how can this area be protected and conserved for sustainable use before it is too late? Has anyone reading this been through the process and knows who to contact? Any advice welcome.