Growing up, did you ever hear the saying, “Leave it better than you found it”? Well, it’s important to also think about our outdoor spaces in the same way and to try to leave absolutely no trace of our fun nature adventures.
‘Leave no trace’ refers to the idea that when visiting the outdoors, people should be careful to not leave any trace that they were there. Angelenos are blessed with a variety of great outdoor options and even though most of us would not intentionally harm our natural surroundings, there are certain actions we may overlook or not be aware of that can cause harm! To prevent this, here are some practices from experts that you should incorporate into your outdoor visits and day hikes:
As we enjoy these natural spaces, we want to be sure that the environment isn’t impacted by our visit. All natural ecosystems have a balance to the way they operate and thrive—and while you’re there to appreciate these ecosystems and the beauty of the outdoors, be sure to not disrupt this delicate balance!
Even though areas like the San Gabriel mountains can feel remote, a piece of litter can travel far by being carried by stormwater, eventually landing in our storm drains, and potentially polluting our water system and ocean. Everything is connected which is why ‘leave no trace’ is so important for us all to remember!
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