Obsolete facilities such as barbed wire, live shells, ammunition, abandoned ski stations and disused cable, are a real plague for wilderness, environment and outdoor users in mountains. Until recently, there was no obligation for these old structures to be removed even though they represent a great danger to wildlife and people.
Cleaning up the Alps. @Emilien Maulave
Since 2002, Mountain Wilderness has been working on this problem, including raising awareness of the adverse impacts of this debris on fauna and flora, soils and rivers, and on the global ecosystem. With this funding, three separate dismantling and removal operations will be undertaken, including in Mercantour National Park and the Cerces Massif, where barbed wire and other scrap left over from WW2 are still endangering animals and hikers.