The word “cairn” comes from the Scottish Gaelic for https://cairnspotter.com/what-is-a-business-model-and-how-to-create-one/ stone man can invoke images of faith and motivation, of a spiritual journey. In the backcountry, cairn building is a trend, and it’s easy to see why people are attracted to these cute little piles of flat stones that are balanced like child’s building blocks. With shoulders aching and black flies buzzing in ears, hikers will survey the stones before her and try to pick one that is just the right amount of flatness and tilt, breadth and depth. After a few close-calls (one too bulgy, one too small) The solitary will select the one that fits perfectly into place. The second layer of the Cairn is completed.
What many don’t realize is that cairn making can have a negative environmental impact, especially when it is done near water sources. When rocks are removed from the shore of a pond, river or lake, it erodes the ecosystem and degrades the habitat of microorganisms which support the entire food chain. Additionally that, these rocks can be transported due to erosion and transported to places where they could harm humans or wildlife.
In light of this, the practice of building cairns is not recommended in areas that have endangered or rare reptiles, amphibians, or mammals or plants and flowers that need moisture that is held in the rocks. If you build a stone cairn on private land, this may violate federal and state regulations protecting the natural resources of the land and result in fines and even arrest.