Spring is here, and with the warmer weather, people are making their way outdoors to explore nature’s beauty and to get some good old fashion fresh air. With this urge to leave the urban environment comes a higher traffic in our wild areas. Of course nature can accommodate our growing presence, but it may require us to not act like spoiled kids.
Here are a few things you can do to help maintain the lush lands and the little critters that inhabit them.
Plan Ahead: Know the area you are planning to visit. Will you be camping? Do you need a permit? What sort of plants and animals might you find along the way. Some simple planning can exponentially improve your trip, so take some time and figure things out before you leave.
Pack out your trash: There is nothing worse than arriving in what at first glance seems like pristine wilderness only to realize it full of human trash. Bring a garbage bag and pack it out. You can also do what I do, bring a garbage bag and pack out any other trash you find while you’re out.
Stick To The Path: Staying on blazed trails will help to keep the vegetation alive and well. Some areas may have threatened or endangered species of plants that are extremely fragile.
Pooping In The Woods: Everyone poops, and if you spend enough time in nature, eventually you’re going to have to go where there are no toilets. The best practice here is to head off trail, preferably 30m away, bury your waste in a hole, approximate 20cm deep, and pack out and tissues you may use. Following this method will prevent animals and humans alike from stepping in your waste (GROSS!).
The benefits of spending time in nature outweigh any of preparations that may be involved. The more you do it, the more it becomes second nature. So make the most of the warmer weather to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature.