Recent column regarding balloon releases 

Published 12:35 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Thank you for your column in the Tryon Daily Bulletin regarding balloon releases.  I have shared your concerns for many years. While I understand the sentiments associated with a balloon release, the bottom line is it is organized littering. You cannot hike anywhere these days without running across a deflated balloon, usually with some ribbon attached. Not only is it unsightly, it is not safe for wildlife. Whenever I have been part of a group that wanted to have a balloon release, I have suggested a butterfly release instead. While my suggestions are usually not met with great enthusiasm, I have seen butterfly releases done at some events and they are lovely alternatives to balloons. Hopefully, more people will consider butterflies in the future. I always enjoy your articles. Thank you for your insight. 


Alisa G. Mosley

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