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 camping 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