What you need to be asking is who are the people that are doing the trespassing. Isn't waterfall conservation also about responsible preservation? I would think that forming a coalition of private waterfall owners and opening up a "help" site for how to prevent unwelcome guests would be a proactive way in which to deal with this kind of thing. Simply put. If what you are doing is bringing about the same results, you need to change what you are doing least you continue to get the same results. "No Trespassing" signs as just as good as a lit path to the falls. Through funding and other resources one could solicit the help of conservationists and their gear to identify the trespassers.
#1 why are they coming there?
#2 what are they doing there?
#3 when are they coming there?
#4 who are they, and can we turn their curiosity into help for the land owners. Are these people really bad and corrupt individuals who seek out the destruction of natural beauty? Or are they simply ignorant admirers who cant contain their curiosity?
Honestly, if you have a "natural wonder of the world" in your back yard its eventually going to cause you to have visitors. You don't complain when the deer or the bear drops by for a look. What is it about these other trespassers that is so distressing? You never shot the bear for taking a dump in your falls, so why are you calling the sheriff to help put up walls around your little wonder of the world?
In response to the persons plea, "What gives people the idea that they have the right to see my waterfall?"
Who gave you the authority to wall of one of Gods natural wonders? Perhaps it is you who need to be reprimanded for your arrogance and sin in your heart. That this is for your eyes and your eyes alone. God made this world in all its beauty for all mankind. If you are having problems perhaps you should read your bible and ask God to forgive your selfish heart. Many of our problems are brought about by our sinful hearts. Hundreds of years ago man was free to roam this land and explore all of its natural wonder.
If you own a strip of land with such a wonder on it you should stop thinking of yourself as a land owner with "trespassers" and begin thinking of yourself as a caretaker of one of Gods works of beauty. Your actions should reflect the best outcome for the land itself, for it will be around long after you are dead and gone. Your name being nothing more then a forgotten moment in time.
It amazes me that people are soo small that they think of themselves in such a grand ideal. Honestly, there is much more merit in immortalizing yourself or your family name in the registration and public conservation of such a place of beauty then there is in hoarding it to yourself. Who was Howe? Most of us probably don't know, but his cavern is internationally famous. Taking this thought to mind, one must also consider that there is a stark difference between a public park where there is a single individual for every 10,000 square acres or more and your land of a mere 100 acres with your family to look after it. It would be hard for me to find truth that everyone who wants to see your falls, does so because they like destroying nature and bothering people who tend to keep to themselves.
I have once heard that when someone smiles it boosts the health of anyone around them just by being in the presence of that person. If you are a steward of natural beauty that can bring this to mankind, why are you so afraid of making the world a better place? Are there not enough of us around who would be more then happy to assist you with properly maintaining these natural ecosystems? Thinking about this topic makes me go back to the sanitary hospitals with white walls and the sickly stench of over cleaning. How many people lie in agony locked in this white prison awaiting death? I have often wondered the good to mankind that scenes of beauty in a place like that can do.
There are only 2 things in life that I know to be true constants, change and light. If we stomp our feet and refuse to change, we only hurt ourselves. God created this world of natural beauty for everyone, it was man who walled it off and continues to strangle the life from it.
Form a coalition of conservation stewardship, utilize individuals like Matt to assist with maintaining them and give back to the world a chance to see how beautiful or planet really is. Are you a waterfall ecosystem expert? Do you even know if your own actions are destroying the very thing you wish to protect?
On my travels in America one thing that amazed me was what I saw while I was staying in Arkansas. There is a system of privately owned caverns in the Ozark mountains called Mystic Caverns. In the most recently discovered cave were some of the most amazing flowstone formations I have seen to date. All wonderfully preserved and taken care of. It was awe inspiring to behold. The other larger cavern was the one that had been privately looked after for some hundred years or so. The awful sight of that cave and what the people who had cherished it had unknowingly done to it, and purposely done to it, was enough of a lesson in how to treat a cave environment properly to stay with me for a life time. Blackened by smoke, marred by vandalism of the caves natural resources, and forever dulled by unknowing admirers who mistakenly destroyed the very beauty that they touched. And all of this because of the lack of knowledge in how to care for a cavern, or what it really was. Before anyone was there the larger cavern must have looked 100 times more spectacular then the more recently discovered cavern.
It is true that a single branch can be broken by the weakest child, but a bundle of them task even the strongest man. The more people who enjoy your natural wonder and cherish it, the more support you have to leverage when removing unwanted guests. If you are having problems, more often then not, your own actions are to blame. We cannot get rid of the bad people in this world, but we can strengthen ourselves by knowing more of the good ones.
-cherish and take care of our earth for the generations to come.