Do Your Part

            Hey, it’s Kari! I just wanted to tell you of my experience during this rainy weekend. I had the opportunity to go camping in the Ticaboo area of southern Utah. This is a beautiful region of Utah that is located very close to Lake Powell. Our Imagecamping spot laid in the shadows of Mt. Ellsworth of the Henry Mountains and had a wondrous view that stretched far enough that you could see Navajo Mountain distantly.

            After driving three miles on dirt road, we arrived at our campsite and I was disappointed to see the state that it was in. There was litter everywhere, including beer cans and cigarette butts. There was evidence that a fire ring had once been there but had either been destroyed or ignored entirely. I was shocked to find that visitors before us had left evidence of human waste sometimes not even bothering to bury it.

            During the hour or so that me and my friends (some armed with shovels, others with trash bags) spent cleaning up the campsite, I was reminded the importance of one of the Tread Lightly! principles, Do Your Part. We are all outdoor enthusiasts who want to continue to recreate in our favorite areas. However, if we don’t do our part, these areas that we use could close. When out enjoying the great outdoors, here are some tips on how to do your part and take care of our environment so others can enjoy it as well.

  • •Model appropriate behavior.
  • •Leave the area better than you found it.
  • •Properly dispose of waste.
  • •Minimize campfire use.

            Remember that it is our responsibility to take care of our favorite recreational areas. For more tips on what you can do while camping and enjoying the outdoors, you check out our website, treadlightly.org

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About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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