Thursday, August 31, 2023

Recreationists urged to share trails, Leave No Trace this holiday weekend

A hiking trail in the Adirondacks

Holiday weekends are a convenient time for everyone to explore outside. But with more people on the trail, it’s important to share them properly. Be considerate of others and follow these tips so that everyone has a great time outside this Labor Day weekend.

  1. Be Courteous. Yield to other hikers, runners, and users on the trail. Greet everyone with a smile and be willing to move off the side of the trail.
  2. Let Nature Speak. Remember that some people may be outside for the quiet or the sound of other animals. Avoid using loud voices and playing music aloud.
  3. Keep your Pets Close. Pets should always be on leash and under control on trail. Other people may feel afraid, uncomfortable, or have allergies. Pet waste and pet’s that are allowed to chase animals can infringe on people’s experience outside.

Remember to be respectful and understanding if someone asks you to change your behavior. There are countless reasons to go outside. Everyone is there to enjoy it. Follow Leave No Trace Principle 7: Be Considerate of Others.

Follow the Seven Principles of Leave No TraceTM to maintain minimal impact on the environment and the natural resources of the Adirondacks. Use proper trail etiquette to ensure an enjoyable experience for yourself and others. Tread lightly!

Photo at top: A hiking trail in the Adirondacks. NYS DEC photo.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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