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May 25, 2021 2 min read

Enjoying the great outdoors is the perfect time to discover new things and reset. Further enjoyment of the outdoors relies on the principle of “leave no trace”. Leaving no trace is a practice meant to help preserve mother nature and the natural habitats we come across. Practice leave no trace ethics in the outdoors by disposing of trash, starting safe fires, and camping on durable surfaces.

Disposing of Trash

Many are familiar with the saying “pack it in, pack it out”. When venturing outdoors, according toInnolution, it is important to leave a space cleaner than you found it. Leaving behind litter, spilled foods, and other products will attract animals and cause potential harm to the environment. Bring supplies that are biodegradable and safe for the environment.

When it comes to human waste, it is important to know what the requirements are within your destination. Some parks require you to pack out waste, others allow you to deposit it in holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep. Come prepared so you can keep your environment safe and free from unwanted wildlife.

Starting a Fire

Fire safety is a critical part of leaving no trace. Whenever you start a fire, make sure you always have a water source and shovel nearby. This will help prevent unwanted forest fires. For added safety, keep the fire small and under control. Additionally, according toLimitless Hiker, you should check to make sure fires are allowed in the area before starting one.

Camp on Durable Surfaces

As a rule, according toBearfoot Theory, if there is a trail or campsite, stick to it. If there is not a campsite but you need to stop for the night, do your best not to create one. The less you disrupt the natural growth and microorganisms that live in the area the better you preserve mother nature. Creating new campsites means trampling vegetation, potentially disturbing wildlife’s natural habitats, and permanently changing the location’s environment. Do your best to stick to the trail and stay in areas that have already been designated for camping.

Part of the beauty of Mother Nature is her raw untouched state. Her preservation is entirely dependent on our commitment to keep her and other inhabitants safe. Respect the beauty around you by practicing leave no trace ethics in the outdoors. Always remember to dispose of trash, safely start fires, and camp on durable surfaces to preserve the beauty of the great outdoors.

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