Martin Nature Park in Oklahoma City is an oasis in a large metropolitan area. It's primarily a wildlife refuge / nature preserve but there are hiking trails and it's a great place for a peaceful walk and lots of photographs. And the wildlife are plentiful - at least early in the day. It's one of my favorite local places.
Today as I walked into the park I saw the sign below. I spoke to park personal about their concerns. They assured me that it wasn't nature or wildlife photographers causing the problem. It was portrait photographers who bring in big lights (one even tried to bring in a generator) with large modifiers, and won't stay on the trails. Instead they trample sensitive areas with session after session in the same fragile, off-trail area. They try to bring in dogs (clearly marked as not allowed) and generally make the park difficult for other guests and the wildlife. And some of them do this all day long several days a week. They have even begun to wear new trails into the areas they want to use.
This behavior is unprofessional at best. Destruction of public lands for a private artistic purpose is indefensible. This makes all photographers look bad and is, I'm sure, why we have some of the regulations we do at our national parks and wildlife refuges.
Just wanted to get that off my chest. I hope no one here is involved in such behavior and, if you are, I hope you will stop immediately.