I don't know what the original circumstances so I have no real judgement on that and would only make a general comment. If the tape has coodinates and elevations on it then I would assume it has some kind of survey purpose and leave it alone. Maybe they plan to move the trail to give it time to recover, maybe its a survey for mapping purposes or ecosystem documentation, there are alot of potential reasons for someone to write details on flagging tape. Someone spent some time and effort to put those details on it, that's not usually just for "marking" at trail.
On the other hand gratuitous blank flagging on an obvious trail is pointless and I would agree is garbage, unless its placed high up for potential marking when under snow.
Last edited by sthorout; 06-05-2018 at 01:30 PM.