Enjoying the great outdoors this summer? Whether you are backpacking in the high country, car-camping in a recreational vehicle, or hanging out at a local park, here are some tips to help ensure your visit will be as good for the earth as it is for your well-being:
Call ahead to the place you intend to visit to find out about any special environmental concerns, regulations, or permits.
Carefully plan meals so that there is no food waste.
Reduce your amount of trash by packing food in reusable containers. Minimize the use of disposables.
Avoid purchasing overpackaged or disposable supplies when you are preparing for your trip. Use rechargeable batteries for flash-lights and radios.
Help mitigate trampling and erosion problems -- stay on existing trails. Walk in single file in the middle of the path.
When traveling in places where there are no trails, try to stay on the most durable surfaces - rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow. Avoid areas with soft grasses or plants.
When camping, use a designated site. Don't alter the campsite by nailing into a tree or moving big logs.
Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Don't try to feed the animals.
If you make a campfire, use sticks from the ground that are no larger in diameter than an adult's wrist. Don't pull branches off dead or downed trees.
Keep campfires small to minimize ashes and pollution. Don't put anything in the fire that will not burn: plastics, foils, metals, etc.
Keep your group small - no more than four people, if possible. You'll minimize your impact and won't disrupt others.
Look for scenic, less-congested routes, and plan for walking, hiking,or cycling trips once you reach your destination. Don't rely on your car to take you short distances.
At the end of your trip dispose of all trash properly or take it with you until it can be disposed of properly.
Don't forget to turn off your water heater at home. You'll save on energy and cut your utility bill.
Wherever you go, bear in mind the Traveler's Golden Rule: "Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photographs and memories."
And remember: If you want all the conveniences of home, why travel?
Article Provided By: Earth Share
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