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Every year over 270 million people visit national parks throughout the U.S. resulting in overcrowding and the degrading of the natural environment.

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Smart Tips

June 11, 2009

Camp Out

You've packed up all your gear
For a trip into the wild frontier
Remember to go green while camping
And leave no trace you were there.

Take A Hike

Whether you're an avid outdoorsman or simply enjoy taking a few camping trips a year, it's easy to stay green while you're in the great outdoors.

  • Start getting green before you even leave for your trip. Bring as few packaged goods as you can and leave anything that isn't a necessity behind. The more junk that gets dragged along the way, the better the chances are it can get left behind.
  • Stay on the trails once you've reached your destination. Hiking off the beaten path leads to soil erosion and the destruction of native plant life. It's important to leave no trace behind so future campers can experience the same beauty.
  • If you enjoyed any cold sodas or brews, remember to pack out the plastic and glass bottles. Bring a few extra trash bags so you can recycle them once you get back to civilization.
  • Protect water sources from contamination. When using soap (even biodegradeable) and toothpaste, dispose of the wastewater at least 100 feet away from natural water sources and well or faucet water sources.

    Check It Out

    Cleaner Camping: http://campsafe.org/
    Leave No Trace Program: http://www.lnt.org/
    Eco-Camp Kit: http://www.biomelifestyle.com/products/eco-camp-kit/

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