I'm not sure this belongs here so Al can move it if he wants. I recently observed the trail work at Rumney which included cutting steps in slabs that a 4 year old can climb and although it really pissed me of I figured most people wanted Rumney to be an outdoor gym so I just accepted it. Why is it nescessary to do this in an area that is about climbing. If you are in such piss poor shape that you need steps cut in a 10 foot 2nd class slab to reach the crag please stay away, you need to find another sport!
As a biologist, I am concern about the interaction between wildlife and flora. Man is an animal, for me. In one side, as alpine climber, we all know that avalanches happen in slopes of 30 to 45 degree. What happen with snow, also happen with sand. Erosion is greater in a slab 10 foot 2nd class slab. As a manager, I will prefer that all the climber use he same path that I can protect from erosion to avoid that the root of the trees be in the air and kill them. There was many falling trees recently at rumney and the deforestation is some think worse than few stairs.
On the other side. Falling trees are mostly pine. If you take the age of those trees, you will understand that they are old and will died naturally. In a natural vegetal evolution, needle tree will leave the place to birtch and maple tree. In many area, cutting those dangerous pine are more urgent than stopping erosion. If it is true that branches help to stabilize the soil, it is also true that it will take more than a deceny to have a positive impact of natural evolution. So, cutting old tree could be a better intervention than making step.